On the stretch of trail between Pine Ridge jct and Mill Gap I run into this pretty rattler with a whole different mood from the Bob pit viper. We talked and exchanged trail info, etc.
JOURNAL TRIP 48
It's amazing but true, I just left Chessly and Tray's firepit after spending several hours talking and laughing and getting to know them better. I now sit in my cool tent at 12:07 am and I'm about ready to hit the sack in earnest although I think I have a turtlehead poking out, bummer. First light hits the Bob and I am up though it is early and everything is dew soaked but after several hours the sun will burn up the liquid. What to do until then? Not much. It'll be good to pack up and move down the Fodderstack trail, perhaps I'll see Ken Jones again and for sure I'll see the other new trailposts.
ON THE FODDERSTACK/BMT TRAIL: Ok, I packed up and paid one last visit to Tray's camp where I took a couple of fotogs and let him use my P38 one last time, then I saddled up and shot the gap to Snow Camp where I sit now resting and waiting. I will spend the day backpacking the B Mac/Fodderstack and perhaps I'll catch Ken Jones et.al. on this important and well maintained section of trail.
Ok, here I sit at the Hemlock Grove camp, my first camp on the high ground right above Glenn Gap. I left Glenn Gap and I now sit at Crowder Camp after a very exciting hike with another member of the RATTLESNAKE Nation, a big one going down from the Pine Ridge trail junction to Mill Gap caught me nearly stepping on another fat brother of the Fanged people. I managed to scare it off the trail where it offered a few desultory rattles and that was that.
By covering myself in silk and polypro I've managed to obviate 95% of the noseeum bites and I'm not too hot either. There is thunder along Four Mile Ridge but it doesn't seem to be headed my way although I have everything ready for rain. There is a trailsign here at the grassy gap denoting the BMT and the Big Stack Gap trail and there's a trailpost down at the Crowder trail junction showing the B Mac/Fodderstack trails. All is fairly quiet here except for the planes and after tonight I'll try to hike out to the Pine Ridge trail and down to some water and a swim. The clouds come in and a hard rain keeps me secure in the tent.