Tuesday–May 25, 2021
Location, Partnership Shelter, Mount Rogers National Recreation Headquarters, then to Hurricane Campground, Jefferson National Forest, AT Mile 534.3
It’s a 45-minute drive to get me back to Dickey Gap, but Stanley manages to have me on trail just before eight. A busy day for both of us. I’ve got a 15+ mile day ahead of me, and Stanley must break camp, then move to a closer campground.
The trail emerges from the “green tunnel” to cross a pasture for a short distance–a bit of welcome variety. For a change, the soft grass is a welcome relief to my weary rock-banged feet.
One of the neatest shelters along the entire AT is on this stretch of trail today–the Trimpi Shelter. It’s built of native stone, has a back-wall fireplace and single-bunk lofts both sides. My memory of Trimpi Shelter serves me well, as it was here I sought shelter one cold rainy night 38 years ago. A glowing fire, a dry, warm bunk. Yes, fond memories.
In ’98, during my northbound ECT trek, it was my good fortune to be among the first thru-hikers to enjoy the luxury of the new Partnership Shelter. It was all whiz bang new. The steps leading to the shelter were being built and a bit of landscaping was being completed. It’s a joy this evening seeing how well it’s aged these past 23 years!
Stanley has found the perfect campsite nearby at Hurricane Campground and we’re soon back there for the night. Low Country Boil for supper.
A brief rain shower in the evening, but hey–just another super fine day.
Life is good to those who know how to live.
I do not ever hope to accumulate great funds of worldly wealth,
but I shall accumulate something far more valuable,
a store of wonderful memories.