The Smokies were incredible, met new and wonderful people, hiked without my companion and side kick, No Shame, for a week, and enjoyed the beauty of a section of trail like no other!
I first need to send a shout out to the wonderful trail angels who picked me and my hiking buddy up at Clingman’s Dome. We’d just come off the trail after 4 days of serious and difficult hiking, the air was cold and the rain was biting, and I couldn’t zip my rain coat tight enough to contain the stench! Despite our foul odor you loaded us up in your car and dropped us off at our hotel with an invite to dinner, after we showered. My evening out with you was fabulous. The food was great and much appreciated but talking with you was the best. I will leave you unnamed as we don’t want to blow your cover and interfere with your witness protection.
The GSMNF was full of trail magic. You have heard of one wonderful couple but without the assistance and support of other “trail angels” this section of the trail would not have been as enjoyable!
This section of the trail was beautiful, cold, physically challenging, and inspiring.
Thanks for the family visit on trail, with a dry place to sleep, more food than I knew what to do with (but it all found a home in my belly) and a place to get my girl back!
Happy to be back with me but still having anxiety attacks about me brushing my teeth!
Sunrise on Max Patch
And some spiders are best found in the bathroom. I don’t want to find this one in my tent.