Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Playing in the rain
I broke out my poncho/tarp for the first time and tested it, learned how to work with the 'sauna' it creates inside its non-breathing fabric, and generally tromped around in the rain. The poncho keeps the rain out, but only keeps me dry if I can avoid sweating. You have to wear about a layer and a half less underneath to keep from overheating. Bottom line is that I now have two equally viable alternatives for hiking in a cold rain - what I choose will depend more on whim than logic.
Other than being absorbed with gear testing, the highlights of the day were three:
First was a massive tangled blow-down across the trail that could only be negotiated by crawling on hands and knees - worst trail blockage I've ever encountered.
OK, those were the three highlights on the trail. But there was another highlight - I finished my game playing in the rain at 1:30PM, so had a chance to head to the Kroger in Blacksburg where I splurged on a little brew: