Jefferson Landing Lodge
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closed gift shop, we hiked up past the lodge to Wildcat Rocks Overlook and
stopped here to eat our lunch. The views
here are fantastic and it was a great spot to sit and eat. Far below, we could see Caudill Cabin deep in
the gorge. After lunch, we got back on
Bluff Mountain Trail and continued hiking southbound. The area is bald between the lodge and the
cabin so the ...
... the bonfire for a while. It was pretty crazy, with a drum circle and people dancing around the fire and probably a couple hundred people there, and it lasted well into the night. I eventually went to bed way later than any other time on the trail and just sort of dozed on and off all night, as even in the quieter section there was still plenty of noise on occasion. After I woke up the next day, I headed to the One Way coffee house for some java and breakfast, as they also ...
... A mouse ran over my hand in the night, which was my first mouse experience in a shelter, then the head light guy started reading his book again around 4:30 or 5 a.m. before getting up to loudly pack up all his stuff around 6 (he was a section hiker, which us thrus hold in disdain). I was regretting not hanging my hammock, but then I later talked to a guy who had tented at that shelter who said people talked until late, shined lights around all night and shook his tent with ...
... 5 p.m., so I did more than 26 miles in about 9 hours and 20 minutes. Now I just need to cut my time in thirds and maybe I'll go do a real marathon. Damascus is a cool little town, but I was expecting more from what is probably considered THE trail town of the AT. This is where Trail Days, the largest and most anticipated trail festival every year, will be held in just over two weeks, but there's really not much here. I stopped by the outfitters first to grab my mail and see if I ...
So I miscalculated a little bit on just how long it would take to drive the BR Parkway.
Two and a half days was not nearly enough.
Day one was fogged out in any case, but day two was gorgeous. Too many places to stop and take in the scenery. Still, a peaceful, almost zen way to travel: no traffic lights, no traffic, no 100-foot signs, just smooth sailing along quiet, open road. A few cyclists working hard up the hills. ...