February 10, 2017
The mating call of the bobolink filled the air as Jay recorded his cd of Birding by Ear Eastern/Central (Peterson Field Guides) onto his smart phone. Gear covered the bed, as once again I unpacked my pack. I had to slough at least three more pounds. What could I possibly live without???
I weighed my gaiters as I thought. Only four ounces, but realistically, how often would they be worn? Ruthlessly, I banished them. Only 2 pounds 12 ounces to go…
In a place where the Appalachian Trail is simply known as “The Trail”, Jay and I gave a presentation. The senior center (where my parents now reside) was kind enough to let us talk about our upcoming adventure to an audience of about fifty. Many had been avid hikers, and the questions we fielded were specific and insightful. We hope we will live up to their enthusiastic proclamations of allegiance!