The day passed by in a blur. I played leap frog with Prime and Walk Man all day. I passed a tree that was decorated like a Christmas tree. You see some strange and unexpected things in the woods.
When I ate supper at the shelter that night, we were all wondering why we were so tired that day. At the higher elevations, the trees have not leaved out. There is no canopy and the sun beats on your head all day long. The trail has taken us over more balds and meadows, lately, too. It has been warm! I think the sun had drained us that day. One thing is for sure…I’m getting a really nice tan!
I lost the rock bag for throwing my bear line over the tree. I think I left it at home somewhere. I have had to tie a rock onto the cord. When I tried to throw my bear line after supper, the rock got stuck in the crotch of the tree. It felt like getting your fishing line snagged on rocks off the jetties, only no amount of pulling this way or that would loosen it. I had to cut it and I lost my carabiner. I traded a Starbucks Via packet (which I have learned is a hot barter item) for one of Prime’s carabiners to use on my bear line. I confess…I gave up on that tree limb and hung my food bag on a cedar tree limb that was just barely taller than my head. (Don’t tell anyone!)
The next day was the climb up Roan Mt. amongst other things. I often see things like this fireplace in the woods and marvel that anyone lived there! It was out in the middle of nowhere, and unless there was a spring off trail somewhere, water sources were not close! I don’t even see how a cart or vehicle could get up there!
It was a 17.2 mile day. The climbs were not as bad as I was expecting, and the early part of the climb went through lots of dense evergreens and lots of shade!
I also went over another bald. (I’m sorry I can’t remember their names! I go over so many balds and mountains in such a short period of time that I can’t remember their names!)
Each bald always offers spectacular views since there are no trees. I usually greet people passing in the opposite direction on the trail. At one point I passed an older man and woman coming down the bald. The woman was holding on to the man’s arm. I said hello and asked them how they were doing. The man told me it was a very good day…that his wife made it all the way to the top and that it was the first time she had done it. He then told me that three years ago she was on her back paralyzed! She only contributed one word comments so I wondered what had happened to her, but didn’t pry. I congratulated her and told her that was awesome and that she was an inspiration. She was indeed!
I love it when God sends something like that my way to put me in my place, to make me grateful that I can walk at all, and to not take things for granted. I hate it that it is so, but I saw home with new eyes when I went off trail for a week. When we moved there, I use to pray often, “Lord let me never cease to be amazed by the beauty out here where we live.” While I don’t take it for granted, sometimes it takes getting away to ‘see it newly’ again and to re-appreciate its beauty. I hope that makes sense.
I was grateful I met this lady and her husband this day, because it’s easy to forget what a magnanimous thing I’m experiencing out here. It’s quite easy to let myself fall into concentrating on aches and pains or rain or heat or cold, when really, I should be grateful that I can even walk!
Does anyone know what plant this is! I LOVE this plant. It brings me joy every time I see it in the woods! I love the shade of green, the texture and it’s arrangement.
I stayed at Overmountain Shelter. It is a popular place to stay, not only because of the beautiful view, but because the shelter is an old barn. It’s awesome!
I didn’t stay there on my last hike, but I did use the privy there. It is quite a distance off the trail! Even back then, I was wishing to camp on the bald by the barn so I could watch the sunrise.
I set up my tent in the perfect spot, and then ate my supper at the shelter. Bro (who is a woman) was there as well as Killjoy, Walk Man, and Prime. I went into my tent early because I was tired and wanted to get off my feet! I could hear the hoards arriving as I read my Kindle inside my tent. My nice serene spot on the bald soon turned into tent city! …but I still enjoyed the sunrise the next morning!