Ponytail started hiking a little before 6AM today due to the fact that it was going to be the 3 H’s again. Hazy, Hot & Humid. Weather has been extremely hot as you all know.
Today is the 1st day of summer or on the trail it is National Hike Naked Day. No our Ponytail did not partake in this but, he did several other hikers w/nothing except socks, boots and backpacks (well, they had some leaves stuck into the pack straps on the front in the right places
He happened to call at noon today and he was sitting at a gazebo out in the middle of nowhere eating wild blueberries and sipping water. Beautiful countryside. I just happen to be out for a nice walk myself during my lunch break up in Sugar Hill near the Iris Farm. I was thinking the same thing. Beautiful countryside.
He came across another fire tower. He has gone up many but didn’t feel like climbing up this one today. Just too darn hot!
Wild life – came across deer, says he isn’t even taking pics of them anymore since he sees them all the time, kind of like our wild turkeys here in NH. A big black papa bear. He was on the edge of the trail and just checked him out and then milled around for a bit and left. A bald eagle near Sunrise Mountain. Very cool.
PTD saw the High Point Monument from a short distance (didn’t feel like taking the side trail to go see it up close – again, just too hot). This monument was built in 1930 and was dedicated to the NJ wartime vets.
Stayed at High Point Shelter. This is a stone shelter w/wood floors.
About 24.6 miles today which leaves 850.4 more to go and he has completed 1327.9 to date