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DAY THIRTEEN TRIP 141
ALL NIGHT RAIN
Sleep comes easy and at 3am we're into our 91st hour of the stuff and it's slowly turning cold. Very slowly.
COAST TO COAST
The whole radio show is about raw milk and the legal attempts to shut down raw milk farms. The govt fights the sale of raw milk and yet junk sodas are legal? Raw milk vs booze? Booze is a-okay---no problem. Raw milk? illegal!!
All my journal talks about now in the Big Frog is rain rain rain. When will it end and thank Odin I got off the Frog when I did. AT 10 in the morning I'm into my 98th hour of the stuff and I'd be really sad if I had to leave today or tomorrow. As it is I have today and 5 more days to pretend I'm still on a backpacking trip.
WORKING ON MY 2ND FUEL BOTTLE
Okay boys, by Day 13 I'm using the 2nd 22oz fuel bottle for morning tea---2 bags ginseng, one bag nettle and one bag peppermint.
The spot I'm at in camp has some standing water in a pool in the vesti and under the tent. So far the tent floor keeps it out and my new poly tarp inside the tent does its job of keeping all liquid that does hydrostat thru the floor under it so my body weight can't sponge it up. There's a flood watch in east TN and I'll be pulling a zero here today and maybe tomorrow as there's a 100% chance for both days.
Somehow I get a call out to Little Mitten here way off the mountain in Frog Pond Camp.
103 HOURS AT 3 P.M.
The crap won't end as it keeps slapping the tent in a nonstop deluge. I'm into my 103rd hour of the stuff and doubt it but may reach my record of 153 hours set last January at this same exact time. This would be 127 hours but I took a full day off due to Saturday and yesterday's multi-hour breaks from an otherwise constant storm. I hate it but there's nothing I can do about it except to sit put and wait it out. I put my boots on a few minutes ago just to go out thru the vestibule lake and stand out and pee. Right now though the rain comes down as hard as ever so I sit in the tent at 3pm munching on sliced goat cheese with the last of this morning's cold tea. If this lets up even for 15 minutes I'll hike down to the pond for a look-see as I bet it's up.
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IN VESTIBULE COOKING
It's tricky boys so I don't recommend it for newbs or nearly anyone wanting to cook inside a tent vestibule but I've done it a couple times since getting here at Frog Pond Camp. If the stove malfunctions I'm out of luck and just lost my shelter and by a malfunction I mean any leak between the fuel bottle and the stove. It hasn't happened yet but there's always a first time like when my Svea 123 blew up in '84 when camping in the Conehead Preserve. 99% of the time I sit in the tent and place the stove outside the tent vestibule with the vesti door open for safe priming and cooking. Cooking inside a zipped up vesti is always tricky and impossible unless your tent vesti is huge like with the Keron tent. Don't do it boys!
A RAINY MONDAY NIGHT
I get a half hour of no rain or just a mist and so I put on the boots and walk around the tent to stretch what's left of my Exped potato legs and wonder if I'll ever hike again as this 108 hour trip eater is scheduled to go thru the night and all thru tomorrow. So hell I might as well see you guys on Day 15 and log off the trail journal.
A NEW DELUGE
It's 110 hours of rain and here's a fact---the Frog will make you an amphibian so get ready.