Woke up several times through the night and couldn't breathe through all the mucus. Decided that hiking wasn't going to happen and that I needed to get to a bed to rest. We yellow blazed 16 miles ahead to the hotel on tthe road with the bus station to NYC where we would be headed at 3:00 to get a ticket and load up. The hotel staff was so unorganized it was funny. They put us in the 'plant room'. Which was a room full of plants and it already smelled like dirt in there so we weren't stinking anything up while they prepared our room. After 2 hours of waiting we finally went to the room and they still were cleaning it and they were all yelling at each other. So I just plopped on the bed and closed my eyes. We later ordered pizza and watched the final world cup and took naps. I couldn't eat the pizza it just wasn't what I wanted. Turbo made me some creamy chicken ramen with a can of chicken added to it and I fell asleep for the night immediately.
Woke up at 3 AM and walked down the street to the bus station and bought a ticket. The bus was super quiet but I was really excited so Turbo and I were whispering. At one point we came around the side of a building and boom the skyline of New York City. I almost cried I was so excited. We went under the water through the tunnel and were dropped off around 5:30AM. We walked a mile to the hotel where Nene, Papa, Sam, and Taylor were staying. The homeless were sleeping on the tables and they didn't bother us. The skyscrapers were way bigger than I thought they would be. The rumors were true. The streets were dirty, smelly and the air was thick. I was so excited we walked right past the hotel and had to turn around. We got to the room and hugged Nene as soon as she opened the door. Its so great to see a family face. We sat and talked for a little while, while everyone got ready. Then we left and got breakfast at the diner. The waitor was very northern and almost offensive. But that's how things work here. I noticed as the city started to wake up everyone was in a rush, jumping out in the street in front of cars, and had headphones in. We finished breakfast and tried to find our way to the Museum of Natural History. We walked by Central Park where people were walking dogs, picnicing, and running. We got into the museum and it really looked the way it did in The Night at the Museum. We spent all day walking around the 4 floors and enjoying all the facts and seeing the artifacts. I really enjoined the Native American section. After the museum closed we headed to the subway and tried to find our way back to the hotel in rush hour. People were running and pushing. It was super confusing and I eventually just gave up trying to figure it out. My cold had gotten worse and I wanted nothing more than to just lay down. My head felt really heavy. We made it back to the room.
Woke up feeling a little better. The cold had moved to my chest and less in my nose. My head still felt heavy and my voice isn't quite normal. We got ready and headed out to sight see. We got breakfast at the same dinner and saw Trinity church, 9/11 memorial, Statue of Liberty, Grand Central Station, Nintendo World, the Lego store, Radio City Music Hall, Times Square, Disney Store, Broadway, M&M store, and Toys R Us (had a ferris wheel inside). It started to pour when we were in the toys r us so we decided it was time to head back to the hotel. We got on the super packed subway. I took medicine when we got to the room and laid down. Feeling super weak and heavy headed.
Slept in later and decided to go to the Intrepid musuem. Seeing all it had to offer including the super tiny fit submarine was super interesting. Afterwards we were hungry so we tried to find a place to eat but time square was hard to configure with Google maps but we eventually just made our way back to the hotel and ate at a pizza place right down the block. The pizza and salad was delicious and we headed back to the hotel where I fell asleep until bedtime and then slept some more.
Woke up early and headed out for breakfast at the little dinner. Got back on the subway and headed for the bus station. Saying bye to everyone again was hard but we didn't have much time before the bus came. Trying to figure out where our bus was, was really hard. A guy that was dressed nicely but told us after he said he would help us was homeless and needed help so he decided to help people out at the bus station. He helped us get there right before the bus loaded up. We gave him a few dollars and started loading up on the bus. When we left the station there was a construction site that had been demolished by a bus like the one we where on. All the glass was busted out too and there were 3 or 4 cops there. I was a little freaked out but still glad to be getting out of such a crazy city. Once we got back to the trail we noticed a difference in the scenery. It looked more beautiful and open today. We saw 4 bear cubs and big mama 10 feet off the trail after crossing right in front of us. We past a 'pond' as big as our lake at home that was crystal clear. Too bad the sign said no swimming and day hikers all over the place! We got to MOC and ate some snacks before headed the last 4 miles to camp. By this time Turbo has started sniffleing and I knew what was next. What we that was allergies is a hiker cold. Yay. We cooked two hot meals and I put Turbo to bed with Nyquil and hung the bear bags.
2 baby cat fish
1 bullfrog tad pole
Woke up on time and the inside of the tent was actually kinda pretty. The sun light was just gentle enough. We got moving and stopped at the lake for a break. The lake was crystal clear and soo beautiful. There were tons of fish and it was just the right temperature. Turbo and I took a little swim and enjoyed the warm sun while we ate lunch. We got back to the trail and hiked into town for dinner. We stopped at the pub and ate chicken tenders, baked potato, and soup. Nice and full and after meeting the very rich man that paid for all the bear boxes in New Jersey and Yosemite (Dan Anderson) we headed to the shelter right outside of town. Turns out hes also related to Grin Anderson who the shelter is named after. After setting the tent up we both got in and went to bed early.
Woke up and went to the The High Point state park headquarters and got our free sodas. We ran I.to a cool guy and he gave us more soda and we carried it all to the beach area and hung out. We watched all the kids who apparently didn't have feeling to their skins because it was a cloud chilly day about 60 degrees out and they were playing in the water like it was 105. We later hiked on to the hidden shelter. It was everything I didn't expect. Electricity and a door with a huge window. The owner was really nice. The property was beautiful and the shelter was an old ice house. Excellent insulation!
Woke up around 8 and hiked through the swamp and saw all kinds of wildlife. The environment has changed a lot over the past two days. Its very open and you can see all around you for awhile. We hurried to the deli but we missed their lunch hours. We grabbed some fruit and headed up the stairway to heaven. It was a short climb but it was very steep and the day walkers were everywhere! We got to the road to Warwick NY and we walked almost all 3 miles into town before a fellow hiker with a van picked us up and gave us a 3 minute ride to the grocery store. We resupplied and we got an email back from the owner of the drive in movies right behind the store. She allowed us to set up our tent up on the hill above all 3 screens and gave us a radio for only 5 dollars. I took a whore bath in the grocery store bathroom and I think I scared some lady and her children by washing my underwear in the sink. Lol they needed to be washed don't judge. I bought some juice and Turbo and I laid in the tent and watched most of Planet of the Apes part of Tammy and I watched Malificent while Turbo watched X-Men. Bravo to Angelina Jolie she did a wonderful job.