Day 11 – Our First “Zero Day”

Despite my best efforts with the bug spray, I had to take a Benadryl last night for the bug bites I got on our three-peak hike. There really aren’t that many, maybe half a dozen on my arms and my neck but they always itch the worst on the second day after I get bit, which is today. Plus, I’m not going to lie, I haven’t been keeping up with the blog entries and I need to spend some time on the computer.

So, we sleep in and enjoy our first “zero day” which is what long-distance thru-hikers call a day when they don’t hike any miles. While this is hardly our first day without hiking, it is the first day since Day 3 that we haven’t driven anywhere.

It feels weird to the point where Walt says: “I guess I forget that we don’t have to do anything.”

It doesn’t hurt that the day is slightly overcast and while it wouldn’t be a bad day to hike, we didn’t plan anything last night and it takes us some time to figure where we want to go and how to get to the trailhead.

It’s nice just to sit in a chair by the lake and read for a bit.

By evening I am nearly caught up and we opt to make the 1-mile walk into town for dinner, enjoying a little place with a deck overlooking the town harbor before stopping by the ice cream shop on our way back to the cabin.

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