Went out scouting data for the route and gathering pictures. As usual the weather didn't cooperate so the pictures aren't as crisp as I'd like but the hike was good and tiring. Got a chance to try out some new equipment the wife gave me for my Birthday and to trash a new set of boots (review to follow). 9+ rainy miles with maybe 20 minutes of stop time over 6 hours. Lots of folks at the Emily Procter shelter, didn't bother to hit the skyline lodge which I should have to get water but pumped from a stream lower down later on. Tiring but fun day.
"As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life - so I became a scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls."