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Ellie - Appalachian Trail Journal - 2005

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Ellie (aka Mayfly)
State: CT
Country: USA
Begins: Mar 27, 2005
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Apr 11th, 2005
Start: Other side of Wayah Bald
End: Wesser Bald Shelter
Daily Distance: 11.5
Trip Distance: 11.5

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 392
Journal Visits: 8,439

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Women's Night

It is raining tonight so I am being lazy and I'm staying in Wesser Bald Shelter. I always kick myself after staying in the shelters, since I usually sleep horribly, between the snoring, mice, and hard wooden floors. This evening started out with only 4 women, but a fella and another girl just showed up for the evening. This is a first. I don't think I've ever been in a shelter with more than about a 2:10 ratio. Women are definitely in the minority out here right now.

Today's hike was tough. My raw and blistered feet are complaining bitterly, but tomorrow I get to the NOC and a chance to relax a little. I hear the restaurant is pretty good, and nothing makes me feel better than warm food not taken from a small metal pot while seated on the ground or floor. I can't wait to get some good solid protein (cheese burger) in my body, and clean up a little.

The dynamics of a women's shelter are very interesting. Quit reading here men. We have discussed chafing, pros and cons of deoderant, bras, positive energy, negative energy, psychic predictions, exofitio underwear and how to duct tape it to your legs to keep it from rolling. Now come on, would you actually discuss these things with males in the shelter.

I'm going to follow Simon's lead (the black lab sleeping near me) and hit the sack. I believe Simon's owner's name is Jane. Jane is an older woman, and I say older out of respect and simply b/c she is at least 10 years older than me. She seems very dependent on Simon, and he is a great dog that is always very aware of his owner. He bothers nobody in camp, and I look forward to seeing him when they are around. The only drawback to Simon is his size, and the fact that he takes up a lot of room in the shelters. I hope they do not have a full shelter with hikers wanting a spot, b/c hikers might be a little peeved to find a spot has been taken by poor old Simon.

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