Early Sunday morning, May 5.
With quite a bit of good fortune (and prayer) we made it to camp last night, set up, had dinner, hung up the food bag and got into our tent all before the rain started in earnest.
The wind was so fierce last night that I am quite sure the tent would not be here this morning if we hadn’t been in it holding it down!
This morning’s strategy was to get dressed and packed up between the rain storms. But just as we were dressing, it started again. At 6:42am we are crawling back in our bags to wait this one (hopefully) out.
The goal is to keep our gear dry while we know that we will be plenty wet today! Planning a 15 mile day so that we can shave our trip to Erwin down from 6 to 5 days. While the ideal is to get to 13 mile days, the reality is that you have to hike from camp or shelter to camp or shelter–that has a water supply–and they are not so evenly dispersed.
So, as you worship this morning know that I am also. I am missing our sanctuary! A big thanks to Presbyterian Pastor Gene for opening up the sanctuary in Hot Springs for me yesterday. I sat and prayed and sang the old version of “Be Thou My Vision” from their old well-used hymnals. If you get this in time, say a prayer for them today.
Blessings on the rainy journey, Dragonfly