So here we are. So much to share, so little energy! =D
Woke up at the Hiker Hostel to a gorgeous dawn, followed by an outstanding breakfast. I don’t care as much about food as I will later, but there were eggs and waffles and oatmeal and grits. I’m sire the vrits were delicious, but I’m a northerner, so they scare me.
Then it was off to the trail. The Approach Trail had always been a game-day decision, but I’d fully intended to do it. But at the HH, I got a chance to talk to lots of people about it, and universally the answer was ‘No. If I had it to do over, I’d skip it.’ It started to feel like that old ‘I sent you a car, a boat, and a helicopter’ story. The Approach Trail isn’t part of the AT—it’s just the commute. So I finally got the message and took the shuttle straight to Springer.
The climb to the summit was clear but the ground was snow covered and icy. I met section hikers Tank and Gollum, laughed with them, then headed north to Hawk Mountain.
The ice melted. The day was mild and sunny, filled with mountains and mud. I loved every minute.
The shelter area is packed. There must be thirty or forty tents here! The night’s already cold—going down to 22, somebody said. But I’m already learning about trail rumore and gossip, so who knows? I’m snug in my tent. I’ve definitely got a learning curve ahead of me.
Oh, and there’s some sort of army training ground near here, and they’re doing war games this weekend. A helicopter just flew overhead! 🙂
Sorry for the typos. Small phone, frozen fingers.
All in all, today was a solid 10.