Oh today. Where to begin. Let me start by pointing out that I’m blogging at 10:15. We got into the shelter around 10. The original plan was to hike to the shelter right before nantahala outdoor center. However, it is suppose to be raining all day tomorrow. For those who don’t know it is a good 3000 foot climb out of that resupply. So I thought it would be clever to hike the full 17 down there. Eat dinner. Grab a beer. Then hike the 7 miles out and to the next shelter. Still is a good idea. Not having to climb that mountain in the rain. But it was a.. 23.2 mile day and I broke in to tears 2/3s of the way up in the dark with my head lamp just from stubbing my toe on a rock. I was so tired, grumpy, and sore, and as if my feet didn’t hurt bad enough I had to then stub my toe. I recovered quickly but the mountain was quite a beast. I hiked faster after encountering our first bear about a mile from the shelter. Its eyes were SO bright in the head lamp. Long night but today had other highlights. We made it for a quick meal at NOC and were able to get camp food to last until fontana dam. Best moment of the day… Alex started singing “always look on the bright side of life” and was waving his poles around and dancing. I was behind watching… when on the word “life” he got his pole stuck on a stump in the mountain side and knocked himself in the head hard with his own pole. I almost peed my pants. I definitely cried tears of laughter. Wish someone else had seen it 🙂
Another tower at lunch. Always beautiful.
Got to soak feet in the river.
And we forgot to thank Julia. We got our good luck drinks in hiawassee. Thanks!!!!