The Lodge at Smithgall Woods
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... we had left off while slackpacking. Aside from an initial steep climb, it was a great hike in beautiful weather. It was almost constantly uphill, but at a very gentle slope that let me do the entire 13 miles with only one couple minute break. We made such good time that we reached the shelter around 1 pm with plenty of daylight left. The next day looked to be a *******e with several large climbs and we had so much time before sunset ...
... to reach the actual starting point, then turn around and walk back down. Day one wasn't bad. I made it to the shelter about 8 miles down the trail, but there was still so much daylight left I decided to go a couple more miles before setting up camp. Shortly after hiking more, I half regretted it, just because I was tired and going uphill and it would have been nice hanging out with the other hikers, but in the end I was fine with my decision. I didn't ...
... called Mountain Crossing that sells pizza and coffee so I quickly changed my mind. I ended up staying here in the hostel, it's supposed to pour tonight so I couldn't pass up the opportunity for a dry bed. Planning on doing about 11 miles tomorrow, it's supposed to rain and snow tomorrow so we will see if I'm able to make it to Low Gap ...
This trip was just to get away, unwind and relax. Came back here to see the friends we made last year. Been playin cards, the girls have done a couple puzzles etc... Went to Blue ridge to the Blue Ridge Community Theater and watched a play "Miracle on 34th Street". Was very entertaining. Spending a lot of time with Randy & Sherry, Francis & Gid, Bill & Norma, Johnny & Brenda and david. Took a day trip ...
... out. After a couple beers we went back down to the dock to star gaze. It was magnificent, they were so bright and twinkly, totally easy to zone out. Some time passed and we went back to camp to relax around the fire again. I guess I was more tired then I thought because I passed out in front of the fire. I am not sure how long I was there but when I woke up Kenzie and Luke had gone back to their tent and Zev was passed out on the ground too. I slept like a rock that ...