Day 2 1/2 In The Smokies, Then Down Off The Mountain

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  1. I woke up to -4 degrees this morning in northern MN and IMMEDIATELY thought of everyone on the trail. This weather is heading your way. I will send up prayers for Savannah and all hikers dealing with this very cold spring. We are 20+ degrees colder here than last year. Be safe out there. Your making great progress up the trail.

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    1. Oh my goodness! The that is brutal, Sookie! I know you mentioned you pray for the hikers in bad weather. Thank you for that! I’m ready for winter to end! I just hope it doesn’t mean we will have a dry summer!

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  2. Hey Rebound,
    It sounds like you have made some pretty good decisions. The weather is no joke when you are out in it. I will say a prayer for Savannah. Hopefully she is warm and dry like you.
    I hope you enjoy enjoy you down time and are able to hit the trail again rested and with plenty of warm sunshine.

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  3. According to Wiki, Clingmans Dome “is the highest mountain in the Smokies, the highest point in the state of Tennessee, and the highest point along the 2,174-mile (3,499 km) Appalachian Trail. It is also the third highest point in mainland Eastern North America, after the nearby Mount Mitchell (6,684 feet or 2,037 metres) and Mount Craig (6,647 feet or 2,026 meters).”

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  4. I’m so glad you’re staying warm on this last (I hope) bite of winter. In this area of East Tennessee it’s looking warmer and prettier this whole week. That will be a welcome sight.

    Wish I could could come bring you some trail magic. I’m praying for you and for all hikers out in the cold right now.

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    1. Thank you so much for your prayers. I’m hoping that if I can just get past it he Smokies things will warm up. I think I am on the part of the trail that follows the border between NC and TN but not sure. Hope you enjoy your warmer weather!

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      1. I want to tell you one place I’ve been that is quite the contrast to Gatlinburg. If you get up to Erwin, TN and want to take a break, I loved visiting Cantarroso Farm there. They are really nice people and the farm is quiet and beautiful. I don’t know if they will fill up with the AT bubble, but they are worth checking.

        I hope when you are back on the trail you can enjoy warmth and beautiful trails! Glad your knee is doing better.

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      2. Thank you for this suggestion.
        I remember seeing this hostel in the guide book! You never know what a place is like unless you visit or hear things through the grapevine. Much appreciated! I have a box going to Uncle Johnny’s but it was pretty wild for my taste. I heard he passed away recently. Is Cantarosa Farms within walking distance? Bud makes my reservations, and sends my mail drops. Might have him change that one.

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  5. Dear Rebound, You have me craving pizza and coffee and doughnuts! Glad you took some time off and ate well. Be careful and safe. Prayers for you, Savannah and all those on the trail. c

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    1. Yay for food! I think Bud had Vicarious Hiker Hunger during my last hike! 😂 I know I use to get it when I would read trail journals before my first hike.

      If you think you are craving coffee now, then you must rent the movie, ‘The Old Man And The Sea,’ with Spencer Tracy. You will want to buy stock in coffee after that! 😳

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  6. Glad you made the choice to get to the shuttle!! Pizza sounded wonderful, nothing like it when you haven’t eaten all day, no gilt there!! Prayers to Savannah and you too!!! Keep us informed about her.

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  7. Hi Kara! This is Xavier’s mom from back in Orchestra and fundraiser days. He gave Bud some gray hairs no doubt. I look forward every day to read of your adventures and progress and wonder and pray extra on the days you don’t post. It is crazy cold in Texas this season. I’ve been in North Texas with our oldest daughter most of the time since the end of January as she was diagnosed with breast cancer. I sent my winter clothes home with Rudy when he was here for a couple days. Big mistake, but who knew it would be in the 30s again. So reading your blog has been such a blessing and diversion. Like a good novel. I really admire your courage and I know you are blessing others with your warmth and gentle spirit.

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    1. Hi! I remember you!!! …and I also remember Xavier, as well! I remember Bud describing him as ‘bright’ and talented. I’m sorry to hear about your daughter, and I will remember her in my prayers. I hope she will be okay. I’m glad you are able to be there with her.

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