Left Springer Mountain this morning

I have officially begun the trail. Started from Springer Mountain around 11-ish this morning, after saying my byes to Jared. I have confirmed he made it back to the car safely. He will camp out the night at the same campground we stayed at Friday, and drive back to Pittsburgh on Monday.

I am now at Hawk Mountain tent area. On the way here, sadly, no wildlife other than squirrels. However, I ate some wildlife. My dad provided some deer bologn, which I find goes very well with sharp cheddar cheese in a tortilla wrap. Kind of a bummer it is heavy, but I have to eat it fast so it doesn’t spoil. Dinner was good too, pasta side with some spam. A packet of Propel to pour in the water was the best drink all day.

Cell signal was lacking all day, and it’s not the best right now. Pictures will come when the cell service is stronger. If there is no service at camp from now forward, I will post at the next camp where there is service.

While there are at least 20 other people here…. it’s time to start my first night camping alone.

Are you going to #optoutside?

Are you going to get outdoors today? If so, let me know what you did! I am heading out to Raccoon State Park for a day hike, either a 4 mile loop or a 7.8 mile loop, I’ll decide when I hit the halfway point. Be looking on the map for the GPS, which is located at http://escapingtheoffice.com/map/

Opt Outside

Are you doing the REI #OptOutside on Black Friday? If so, what are your plans? I plan on going one of two places. If it will be nice, I plan on going out to Mingo Creek Park and doing a day hike in the afternoon starting at the Observatory there, finishing it up shortly before it gets dark. After dark, I will spend a couple hours working on my Messier list. If it won’t be nice and clear, I will head to Raccoon State park and do a day hike there. What are your plans?