I did not want to stop in Gatlinburg. I am one of those hikers who wanted to plow through the Smokies and be done with them. Don’t get me wrong… the Smokies are absolutely beautiful, but I didn’t want to have to deal with cold, wet, icy or snowy weather. I know my equipment does … Continue reading Day 2 1/2 In The Smokies, Then Down Off The Mountain
I woke up in my first shelter cold. I had not use my Mylar blanket, but I’d had to drape my rain gear over me. I know from watching thetemps at home that the coldest point comes right around 5 or 6 a.m. The first thing I do when I wake up on cold mornings … Continue reading Day 2 In The Smokies
I stayed at the Fontana Lodge overnight. I was able to meet up with French Toast and Bear Box and we all shared a room. I didn’t get pics but the room and Lodge were quite nice! Sharing the room helps cut the cost, and these two young ladies are very sweet. I like them … Continue reading Entering The Smokies
My town stays are just not long enough to get everything done when I don’t take a zero. I’m just here overnight this time. I hiked 7 miles into town and arrived midday. By the time I got a shuttle to the place I am staying, it was around noon. There was no electricity because … Continue reading A Touch of Spring
My sleeping pad developed a slow leak in it during my latest stretch in the woods. There was nothing I could do but blow it up multiple times per night. I couldn’t tell where the leak was. I was making plans to have Bud ship my old Neo Air. While I have been in my … Continue reading Something I did not address, but hinted at…
My next day was a great hiking day! The fog lifted and the sun even came out for a bit! My mood greatly improved. There was one treacherous climb that reminded me a lot of New Hampshire. I think it was called Albert Mountain. When I got to the road before it, there was a … Continue reading People On The Trail Know Who I Am!
In spite of the cold, drizzly, drippy, foggy day, the hike is relatively easy on this day. With nothing to look at except fog (though that can certainly be beautiful, too) my mind starts to ponder the deep mysteries of the world. I wonder if a toe-jam cleaning business would be lucrative. Hey- everyone has … Continue reading 24 Hours In The Life Of A Hiker–Part Two