Sam and I headed north for a quick backpacking trip. After a late start and a long bumpy drive down a forest service road in the Mount Rodgers National Recreation Area, we started hiking at 2pm, heading north on the Appalachian Trail from a spot called “Scales” an old cattle weigh station. We turned south on Pine Mountain Trail along the Lewis Fork Wilderness, across Rhododendron Gap. It was getting late and we couldn’t find a spot to sleep, so we hiked till 7pm, cooked dinner before setting up camp. As night fell, the dew made it feel like it was raining, but we enjoyed a small fire, read and went to bed.