RR had pulled ahead, and was going to meet us at a beach area .3 off the trail. We got some snacks and waded in the water to cool down. Then RR said that he had come to a decision to hike ahead on his own in order to meet his deadline. We said our goodbyes and he headed off down the trail.
At a road crossing in the late afternoon, we stopped at a rest area for snacks once again. And we decided to camp near Beachy Bottom Creek. Maybe we could end the day with a swim!
Alas, Beachy Bottom Creek was a muddy trickle. We filtered AND treated water from this stink pit.
We quickly set up tents (sans rain flies) and got inside to dodge the mosquitoes. During the night, we kept hearing a very large animal walking around the food hang. We either had some very hungry deer or a bear.
Either way, the food was safe.