Day 57: Johns Hollow to Brown Mountain

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

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Hey all,
I was just going to start writing about our peaceful little shelter location but just now two fighter jets went screaming overhead. So much for that!

Nice walk today of about 18 mi. Had a monster climb first thing in the morning but it was ok because we woke up freezing and climbing up 2000 ft will take care of that problem. Views from the top were excellent. You could look back at the James river and the mountains we had just been on yesterday. It is always neat when you can view the past and upcoming trail landmarks.

Lunchtime was at 11, which I think is my earliest lunch to date. We spent two hours sitting by the blue ridge parkway hoping for some kind of trail magic, but sadly nothing came. Lunch was yummy anyway, though I always find it so hard to stop eating. Dinner is easier because everything is inividually portioned, but all my lunch stuff is just eyeballing it so I have enough to get to the next stop.

The second half of the day is just long because it looks so easy on the map yet you still have to walk the miles. Oh and the AT is never flat, all the little unmarked ups and downs definitely matter when you are hiking them!

So thanks for today's question! Do we talk while we are hiking (or is that too much wasted energy?) Well, this depends. If hiking downhill or level the odds are better we'll be talking. Usually though despite me talkin' about "hiking with" other people, my time on the trail is almost always alone. The social aspects of the trail are at breaks, vistas, lunch, and shelters in the evenings. (provided you don't count the conversations I have with myself while hiking!!) however if you are talking with someone, it's not usually a waste of energy because it keeps your mind occupied on something other than each footstep hitting the ground. Mental health is also a concern :)

Passed through two supposedly haunted areas today. The first was where Little Ottie was found. He was a four year old that wandered up the mountain when he went to fetch wood for his school house and died of exposure. They found his body up on the mtn 7 mi away in 1891.
The second is the brown creek area where we now are. It was a freed slave settlement from the mid 1800s to early 1900s. Ruins of fences, buildings etc are all around. Considering I'm sleeping alone in this shelter, maybe I'll have a brush with the paranormal.

Supposed to have a bunch of wet thundery weather moving in starting tomorrow so I can't wait to get my tent!!! Until then I'm shelter bound (all my thru-hiker buddies are camped across the river right now :(

How are you all doing? Hopefully well. Any more interest in hiking memorial day weekend? I'll be in town on Friday so I might try to get the locations a little more concrete... But things are kind of fluid out here...
Keep the questions coming, it's your way to influence what I blabber on about! When is the next time you'll have an inside source actually hiking the trail to answer!?
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Hi!!! I'm so happy to have wifi here in phnom penh . Sobering morning at the Khmer rouge killing fields, afternoon at the national museum, a swim in our hotel pool, a cultural drum n dance show tnite. Effie n I ran to the Russian market for a solid hour... Everything for sale ... One stall was backpacks n one name brand had Appalachian trail on it... Yeah, in Cambodia !
Look forward to cooking for you on our trail break in late july... Effie n I plan to take a Thai cooking school class. I'll send brownies again as soon as I return, end of may! Miss you! Love from several time zones away!

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