5/19 Day 63

Today we had beautiful weather, sunny with temps in the 60s. We hiked past several monuments and points of interest during our 25.6 mile day. We hiked past the Reno Monument that marks the spot where Union Maj. Gen. Jesse Lee Reno and Confederate Gen. Samuel Garland were mortally wounded in the Battle of South Mountain, antecedent to Antietam. We hiked past the Washington Monument, the first monument dedicated to George Washington in 1827. Between these two monuments and hiking by Annapolis Rock, we saw the most day hikers on the trail that we’ve seen thus far, well over 150. We also hit one of the rockiest sections of the trail so far. We hiked four miles over huge rocks before Ensign Cowall shelter and again for another mile up to Raven Rock Hollow. The rocks made hiking much slower and more tedious. We stayed the night at a brand new, two-story shelter that slept 16. There were only two other hikers that shared Raven Rock shelter with us.

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