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Map and Guide Book: Appalachian Trail Conservancy, North Carolina-Georgia
Directions: Woody Gap to Neels Gap
Today we had pouring rain. There were possible thunderstorms in the forecast. As we hiked we periodically knocked on wood (trees) for luck so that we wouldn't get caught in thunderstorms. It seems to have worked :)
I wore my stupid Frogg Togg rain pants that are WAY to big for me. I miss my regular rain pants. I have my eye on some really lightweight rain pants made my ZPacks. My rain pants at home are full zip. I bought them after a hiking trip to Scotland, where I decided full zip pants would be great - since we took our rain pants on and off so many times during that trip. Now I'm back to thinking non-full zip would be great due to the weight savings. Today, I kept tripping over my rain pants.
We hiked up to Blood Mountain. We've heard so much about how great the views are on Blood Mountain. The sunsets. We saw nothing. We stopped in the stone building at the summit with 6 others. I was originally thinking we wouldn't stop, because I wanted to make sure we missed out on the thunderstorms which of course were scheduled to arrive around the time we reached the summit. But, it was so nice to just stop and not be out in the rain. We sat on the floor and ate our warm soup. Yeah for warm soup!
Today someone wished us a "blessed" hiked. We are in the south. I am working on being open minded and taking it all in. Glen really, really wants to be given a trail name. He doesn't want to give himself one. So far he is out of luck. I'm guessing it is easier to "earn" one if you are backpacking and spend more time with others at camp. We mostly see people only once, though a few people we've been lucky enough to see a couple times.
|Hmm....my book said 10.6 miles. We didn't bother using a GPS to track our miles.|
|I think this is a view|
|Really happy to be out of the rain on top of Blood Mountain|
|There is a closed off fireplace inside. We would have loved a fire.|
|Mountain Crossings outfitter. Just wet.|
|Notice all the boots in the tree above me.|
|Hanging out after shopping|