Day 56: Cornelius Creek to Johns Hollow

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

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Sitting around the campfire after a long day of hiking. Woke up to a cold windy morning and I was definitely wishing I hadn't sent home my hat, gloves, and fleece! Fortunately my long sleeve shirt and rainjacket did the trick. I even hiked the first half of the day in my jacket!

About 3 mi into the day I took a nearly 3 mi detour to go check out some waterfalls... Definitely worth it considering I dropped off my pack and RAN down the mountain. The apple orchard falls is about 200 ft cascading falls. Petty nice but a long detour.

Walked by a big radar dome on top of apple orchard mtn which used to be an air force base. Lunch was just a bit beyond that on a nice sunny rock.  With my new shoes it is so nice to stop and not even really have much desire to rip them off ( as it had been with the boots) they really are quite comfortable provided I don't break my ankles!

Thanks aunt carol for asking a question: how do I set up my mail drops and what is my sleeping bag situation? I have my maps all divided up into sections which have determined where my mail drops are. I write headquarters in TN and ask them to send the correct maps and any other necessary equipment. They are really instrumental in this process since my supplies are just in a big pile in the upstairs bedroom. Also last mail drop my mom baked some brownies and threw in a couple extra items like miniature toothpaste... Etc.

For sleeping bags I've started the trail with a bag rated to 0 degrees that weighs 4 lbs. Obviously about now that is becoming a sweaty affair and I'll soon be switching through the mail to my 40 degree bag that weighs less than 2 lbs. I'll mail my zero home.

The afternoon was very easy hiking. Enjoyed the slow decent down to the river and the longest pedestrian bridge on the AT over the James river.  After rolling into the shelter a bunch of my past friends roll in as well. They were a day ahead but then spent time in town so I caught up! Nice to see the friendly faces again: bowtie, tumbleweed, skyrocket, prime minister, and samauri.
So a good 21 mile day and staring at a 2000 ft mtn for first thing in the morning. Joy!
Sleep well all and keep those questions coming!
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