I thanked Skate for the message and got a few details from him about the trail ahead. Then I continued walking to Reflection Pond.
This was another day I didn’t hike 20 miles, but when I arrived at the pond it was already ten minutes after 7 p.m. Because of the time and the rain, I wasn’t interested in going any farther.
As I looked around for a suitable place to camp, I saw that Six Pound was camped nearby. A short time later, a hiker named Bumppo arrived. He told me he had taken his trail name from Natty Bumppo, a character in James Fenimore Cooper’s frontier adventure novels.
The rain quit while we were setting up our tents, but the sky remained dark and dreary.
Later, as I was trying to fall asleep, a couple of owls decided it was time to carry on a conversation. They hooted back and forth until rain began to fall again at 8:45 p.m.