ok, so i’m in Damascus another day. bite me. i had to wait for my new sneakers to arrive. but i did hike. i got a ride 18.something miles north then hiked back to town. and of course i hit the bar as soon as i arrived back in town (well, not quite… i hit the outfitter and got my new shoes. woohoo! new shoes. so much fun.) now i have to figure out how to get 18.something miles north, then back to Damascus in a week for trail days. the logistics are too tough to figure out. can’t write any more tonight. hanging out in front of the computer terminal while your hiking pals are drinking simply isn’t the coolest thing in the world :-). later, folks.