Last night… oh last night. Was rainy yesterday as we got into deep gap shelter so we team-worked it and got a tarp up in the door way. Was keeping us somewhat warm… until maybe 2 am. By 3 am ember and I realized that we were being snowed on and temps had dropped and wind had picked up. We were on the bottom floor so we clumsily climbed and made J Lo make room on the loft. By morning snow piled its way into the shelter with about 2.5 inches outside. 19 degrees in the shelter. On the bright side, the privy had a roof! So we aren’t making it to NC until tomorrow. It was a four mile hike to the highway and we hitch hiked 11 miles to town (really nice woman in a Subaru with a trunk full of food she was donating to a church that she offered to us). South side cafe. Best place ever. Waitress Sue bought our coffee and fried pickles. She happily took a photo with me. She’s my favorite person right now.
Got groceries and showered. Budget in 39.99 never felt so luxurious. 9 am free shuttle back to the trail included with the price. Great hiker town. Thanks hiawassse!
Check out that ratty nest! Better then the one that ember found in his mitten this morning. The mice chewed through clothes, packs, and trash, left acorns in hiking boots and nested in mittens. My stuff was left untouched 🙂