• Appalachian Trail 2010

    Neels Gap

    If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed by email! Thanks for visiting! Oh boy, was this place good to see. Burgers were cooking as we walked up. Oh, yum. Showers, laundry, relaxing for a long while. Sunning ourselves…. Leki (hiking pole) rep talking to people about their poles. Convinced Chris to put his baskets back on and to take the rubber tips off. Followed these people’s blog last year…lots of these hiker photo cards along the walls. Perhaps a good idea when we finish!

  • Appalachian Trail 2010

    Blood Mountain

    This shelter was diiiirrrty! Ick, I can’t imagine sleeping in there. The only ones on the summit. Dude, it was cold. We had to hold onto everything while setting the tent up. Kept our bag in the shelter until we were ready to get in the tent. Coming up from the South…not too terribly bad. Kinda neat with the snow. Coming down…steep..can’t imagine coming up from the North. Oh, this is the mtn where we lost the trail and went down a rock face without needing to…and though to ourselves when we got down that boy, was it sure good we didn’t have to go up it. And then we…

  • Appalachian Trail 2010

    Nearo and Zero in Bryson City

    Hello friends! I hope that my posts have been somewhat entertaining. There are still several pre-posted entries to come until, I think, next Tuesday. Yesterday we got off the trail at the Nantahala Outdoor Center and hitched a ride into Bryson City. We hiked about six miles that morning from the Wesser Bald shelter and while there were some hills in the first few miles, it was mostly downhill after. Originally we were going to just resupply in NOC and keep on going. We heard various things about NOC not having a lot of supplies, and while you could make do, they were correct. For a major outfitter being smack…

  • Appalachian Trail 2010

    Vistas…

    This was a hell of a climb right out of Woody Gap. Freakin’ cold too with the wind. Had a hurried lunch by a log right near the top of this. Kinda too cold to enjoy with the wind. Most of the time you are walking along and don’t really see the view at all. A nice clear day makes it worthwhile.

  • Appalachian Trail 2010

    Lycopodium

    Did you think we’d get very far on the trail without finding something interesting in the plant world? This is some type of Lycopodium. We’ve seen several patches of it in some of the wetter areas. Very cool plants.

  • Appalachian Trail 2010

    Hiawassee

    Before I start a post, I need everyone to think/pray for my friend Connie. We went to college together and were roomates for a year before she graduated. She was pregnant with triplets. Just about the time that Ashleigh was born I found out she was having triplets and that it had been touch and go and she could deliver early like Asheligh was. I just read her blog post and she has lost all three of the babies, two born alive to later pass and another stillborn. All with names and teeny tiny weights. She has a nearly six year old son who was desperately wanting a brother (all…