Before I describe today’s hike to Confluence and the Youghiogheny Outflow Camping site, I have to mention last night. After mailing my food box back home, I grabbed some onion rings and a small salad at a local restaurant. It was near the Husky Haven guesthouse, so I ate the onion rings and drank a beer in the warm basement. Then I went back to my campsite at Husky Haven Campground across the river.
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Got the water for my freeze-dried meal just hot enough before the fuel ran out; dined on some kind of chili dish and the salad. Yum! A group of about six cyclists arrived in the camp, so I wasn’t alone. It’s a pretty big campground, so I was glad for the company. I set up my tent in between the two picnic tables under the pavilion and was tucked in by 8 p.m., when the sun set.
I slept well, as it was nice and cool out, although two trains went by at around 11:45 p.m. and then 12:15 a.m. There are a lot of trains here!
Making My Way to Youghiogheny
With no fuel for my morning latte, I broke camp early and picked up a (really bad) cup of joe from the local gas station. Then I brought it to the Husky Haven guesthouse basement and dumped in my latte mix to make it taste better. I then ate breakfast in the nice, warm basement and charged my devices before heading out around 7:45 a.m.
It was in the low 40s F (4-5 C) and I could see my breath as I started out. What a change from two weeks ago! I warmed up reasonably quickly, though, and had a pleasant start to the day. The trail here continues to feature small trailside waterfalls, plus large, rocky formations.
I didn’t see any cyclists for the first hour or so, and wondered if today I might not see any. But soon several dozen sped past. One man (my age) asked to take my photo to inspire his wife to try something like this. Ha! Another group of three men from York, Penn., home of the York Peppermint Patty, stopped to chat, too.
Arriving at Youghiogheny and Confluence
The town of Confluence is so named because it’s the spot where the Youghiogheny and Casselman Rivers meet. At least that’s my assumption. The GAP has followed the Casselman for many miles now. It’s been strange to see a river flowing northbound, but that’s due to the Eastern Continental Divide.
Anyway, I’m camping at a spot called the Youghiogheny Outflow Campground. I rolled in kind of early – 2:30 p.m. – and called a local hardware store to see if they carry backpacking stove fuel. Nope. Rats. Looks like no hot coffee for me tomorrow morning.
I’d warmed up while hiking in the afternoon and even got a little sweaty. But there’s a stiff breeze blowing, so I’m getting chilly. Just waiting until 5 p.m. to walk to the Lucky Dog Cafe for an early dinner, so I can then shower and get in my tent by 8 p.m. and sundown.
Today’s Miles: 19.2 (30.9 km)
PHT Miles to Date: 701.4 (1,128.8 km)
PHT Miles to Go: =48.6 (78.2 km)