Left at 8am on his way to Atkins, Va to pick up his mail at the Happy Hiker Hollow. This is a shelter that excepts mail drops. He gets all excited for mail deliveries. I do put all correspondence anyone sends to him unopened in his packages. So, please if you have anything to send, cards, paper pics, funnies, jokes....get it to me and I will put in his next mail package. This way he is only getting 1 box at each mail stop and there will be no lost mail or rejected mail, just in case he has already past that point.
On his way he came across several butterflies hoovering near some lilacs that had just blossomed. Pretty site. Walking with Spring, his 1st blooming lilacs.
He got his mail. He really enjoys hearing from everyone. Thank you everyone, keep them coming. He has way too much food. Guess we didn't plan well for this drop. He ended up leaving a jar of peanut butter(sick of it for right now) and some other items in the hikers box for others to take if they wish. His load is now lighter and he his happy.
A yearling bear ran out into the trail right ahead of him and they both surprised each other. Dave stopped. The bear ran up into the tree. Dave just stood there looking to see if the mother was anywhere around. Nope. So he tried to get out his camera for this photo op but the bear jumped out of the tree and went on his way. How exciting. His 1st encounter w/a bear on the trail. He also saw 4 deer all together near a stream. Soon as they saw him they left.
Ponytail will camp at Crawfish Valley along Reed Creek tonight. He got there and he ran into someone he had been hiking w/earlier. Jeff. Jeff now has a trail name. Ichabod. They have been missing each other because Ponytail was always a day or so ahead. Speaking of that he hasn't seen Landfill, Maple or Inferno lately. As of right now Mr Vic and 2 Rings are ahead. PTD says he will catch up to those 2 really soon. Those 3 have this I gotta get ahead of you kind of attitude. That is good. Keeps them all pushing ahead. Also, Dave found out that Ginger Snap and Orange Moon decided to leap frog ahead to NY. They had already done this part of VA several years ago and will finish now by doing a section hike from NY to ME. They sent an email saying bye for now to their hiker family. At the shelter was also Bad Dinner and Stretch. Ponytail had met them before but never spent time w/them.