Day 24: Snowbird Mtn to Walnut Mtn

Trip Start Mar 15, 2010
Trip End Jul 23, 2010

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Interesting tidbit: The Appalachian trail runs directly through a few towns, the first of which (northbound) is Hot Springs, NC. Hopefully we'll be cruising in tomorrow!

Last night was rough, after the gorgeous sunset the winds kicked up. I had oriented my tent to take the wind on the narrowest end, but unfortunately it shifted to blow at the broadside of the tent. For most of the night the whole tent was keeled over and brutally flapping in the wind. I didn't sleep until the winds died down in the early morning.

Sunrise was stunning. The sky was all pink and then the sun broke through! What a way to start things off! The morning was dificult hiking, climbed up to Max Patch by late lunch time. The mtn is a big grassy bald kept clear by the forest service.

When we got up to the summit we took off the boots, ate lunch (upwind of the socks) and then...magic!  Some people were hiking by and asked if we were thru hikers and then gave each of us a German chocolate bar... We were stunned and so happy! Then about 45 minutes later a kid came up offering Little Debbie treats to us! Thanks to all the magic providers, the
ways we can say thank you are so limited but it is unreal what a boost to body and mind those bits of sugar (or vitamins) can bring! Thanks Old Drum (and group) and kids from Southern Mtn School. AWESOME!!

At about 4pm we finally left our spot up on top (and stopped talking with "Nickel" who was a thru hiker but his injuries put him off) and headed down the mtn. After a brief stop at Roaring Fork shelter we continued the 5 miles up to Walnut Creek. The bugs were pretty bad and were really bugging us, so I got a little fire going and that did the trick.  People around are really nice. It's a small group here, and I'm tenting because the shelter is full. Hopefully the local problem bear won't eat me in my sleep!  Wind is kicking up again so hopefully that won't be as bad as last night. We are hoping to get a real early start tomorrow towards town (and to outrun predicted thunderstorms)  It's past hiker midnight so I'll leave it at that, once again thanks for all the comments, and sorry for the lack of photos. Someday I'll get them uploaded when I have my cable, computer, time, and good connection (so when I'm finished with the trail basically)
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