We had a great campsite the second night. Here's a quick pic of our gear all sprawled out with the Tarptent Rainshadow 2 in the background. This tent worked very well for the three of us. The only challenge with it is to find level ground to set it up on. It's a pretty big footprint obviously to fit three people. You can barely make out in the picture that my trekking poles are used as the support poles on the front of the tarptent. The total weight of the tarptent without the poles is 2 1/2 lbs. Pretty remarkable since it replaced my REI Taj 3 which weighed in at just under 10 lbs with the footprint. The only thing I will be adding to this is a tyvek footprint to save abuse on the floor of the tarptent and to help keep it clean.
During a break on an overlook, we had four Cedar Waxwing birds pay us a visit. I don't remember ever seeing one of these before and had to do a search when I got home to figure out what it was. A remarkably cool looking bird!
This is a typical trail through the area that we were hiking in. Trying to step on dirt instead of tree roots in an effort to avoid beating up the bottom of the feet is a constant effort.