Tuesday, August 25th (day 13)
Last night was my best nights sleep on the trail so far. I'm not sure how. I slept in the shelter with Zippy, and it started raining hard with thunder and lightning at about 1:30am. By 2am, we had to move our beds to the back wall of the shelter because the roof started leaking on us. Somehow, even with all the scrambling around, I went right back to sleep and slept like a baby. We stayed dry. After an unexpected difficult day yesterday on Mt. Horrid (yes, that was the actual name, and it lived up to it for sure), we really studied the maps and mentally prepared ourselves for an even more difficult day today. It had stopped raining, but started up again 20 minutes into our hike. It wasn't too bad. It cooled us down for the steep mountain we had to climb first thing in the morning. All day was a bit dark and hazy, but still beautiful.
The rain stopped but the sun didn't really come out until the end of the day, keeping us from being so hot. We had a couple more nice breaks at shelters along the way.
The hiking today reminds me of the White Mountains. It's fun, but difficult, so I am glad we are hiking together to help one another. It was a good day. We also passed our halfway point today! 140.9 miles hiked out of 274. Yay!