Once again, we are up early to catch the current. But today we will tarry long enough to get a hot breakfast at the local café. Our eventual goal for today is Arden Point, but we are planning another afternoon layover in Cold Spring. We launch the kayaks off of the dock and I feel the soreness in my shoulders and back from the previous day’s paddle. By now, we are confident that we can cover the mileage so long as we catch the current. Today’s total is only 18 miles, so it should be an easy day.
We arrive in Cold Spring at 11am. The sun has come out for the first time since day one, so Dave and I take an hour to spread out all of our gear in the park in hopes of it drying. At noon, we walk into town and have lunch at a local café.
|Roughing it in Cold Spring|
It’s a tough trip, but as far as food goes, we are not exactly roughing it. I spend the next 3 hours in the library getting work done on the computer. (Did I mention I was teaching 2 online classes the whole time I was on the trip?) We are supposed to meet up at 3pm to paddle on to Arden Point. In the library, I checked the hourly forecast and it calls for thunder storms at 3pm. Sure enough, at 3pm the skies open up and it rains harder than I have ever seen for over an hour. All we can do is sit on the train platform and keep mostly dry.
|My "camp site" at Arden Point was a patch of flat ground where 2 hiking trails met.|
When the rain lifts, Jean-Claude announces that we are off to Arden Point. I am worried about the next wave of thunder storms that is supposed to arrive at 5pm, but I am outvoted by the others who assure me that we can make Arden Point before the rain hits. They are right. The rain never comes and we set up our most wilderness camp of the entire trip. Tomorrow is another early day and we are picking up other paddlers on the way.