Hiking the Appalachian Trail in CT on November 9, 10, 2009. It was a warm day in mid November and we were about to embark on a 2 day 1 night hike about 11 miles total, nothing too hard we thought. We got started on the trail from Rt 41 and started hiking toward Lion’s Head. It was hot and we were sweating. Maggie was her usual self thinking we were on some sort of hunting trip or something and always looking for something to chase. After a few hours we reached Lions head 1700 feet elevation and stopped to rest for a while. After our brief rest we proceeded north on the AT to a Camp site which was about a mile or more ahead. We arrive at the camp site around 2 PM and the shelter was available so we set up camp and fixed something to eat. It was getting around 5 PM and the sun was going down and the temperature was dropping like an anchor. Ed and I looked at each other and said at the same time, “It’s going to be a cold night” boy were we right. The temperature dropped to about 20 degrees or maybe less. It was so cold that neither one of us could sleep with the gear we brought with us, keep in mind the temperature was 65 degrees when we started our hike and we never expected it to get this cold in the middle of November it felt like January or February or something. Even Maggie was cold and crying because she could not get warm. I remembered that we had rain ponchos in our packs and got them both out and covered Ed and myself and it helped enough to stop my shivering so I could sleep a little and Maggie calmed down. Needless to say it was a restless night and when Morning came we both were tired just from trying to stay warm during the night. There’s a rule about having a fire on the Appalachian trail so we did not build a fire but if we had gotten wood before it got dark we sure would have built a fire, rule or no rule but not having wood was a problem since it was dark so we just roughed it out. We were glad to see morning come even though we did not get too much sleep.
We still had 6 or more miles to go to get to our pick up point so off we went after we had breakfast. About a mile into the trail we came to a stream that was running high and we had to cross it and wouldn’t you know I slipped on one of the rocks I use to cross on and fell into the water, now my feet were wet and this could be a big problem because of blisters.. I tried to dry my boots as much as I could and changed my socks but it was still wet inside the boots and uncomfortable hiking that way but I had no choice but to press on. It was a few hours before we reach our pick up point and I was exhausted as well as Ed, and Maggie had lost all interest in hunting which was rare so I concluded she was exhausted too. We were all glad to see our ride arrive and Maggie could not wait to get into the car… Quite the adventure and I learned a good lesson to make sure I am prepared for all situation from that point on… You can check the video of this hike out in the video player click the video link at the top of the page