We've had a good stop here at Damascus. I got some trail shoes and a great sleeping bag for the summer months. I'm sending home that old zero degree bag that was a hefty sack of old down, and replacing it with a new one that weighs about 1 pound 6 ounces! The past few days have been amazing. It was 72 degrees here today. Spring is coming out and Phil and I even put some wild onions in with our Mac and Cheese. Yum. I'm reading Hatchet by Gary Paulson which is pretty inspiring. Its a little more chilled out than "Into Thin Air" by Jon Krakauer. That book was awesome, and really put a few things in perspective- like if theres any discomfort out here in the woods I just say, well at least its not Everest where the climbers of 1996 experienced -100 degress wind chill and barely any oxygen.
We keep meeting all kinds of people... some fun, some really chilled out, some completely nuts. I took a shower today for the first time in a while. It felt good, but I don't really mind it either way anymore. The zero day in Damascus has made us a little restless. Can't wait to get back out on the trail and see those Virginian wild Ponies.