“Trail Angels” Day 7 and 8 on the Appalachian Trail

Day 7
Woke up at the Blood Mountain Cabins, with freshly cleaned clothes. George the owner graciously washed my dirty, smelly hiking clothes. I’ve heard the term Trail Angel thrown around a bunch and George from the Blood Mountain Cabins is defiantly one. I recommend to anyone in the area to stay there. Other Trail Angels I’ve encountered are Duffer who offered me a stop at the cabin and also gave me back my share of the payment. I really appreciate the the generosity! A couple days before a car that pulled up right after a hard climb up and down Sassafras Mountain, and they gave us a full gallon of homemade sweat tea, it was awesome. Trail Angels are people who go out of their way to help hikers. These Trail Angels sometimes seem like real angels when the help is truly needed.
Hike 11 tough miles to Low Gap Shelter. It was hot and sunny, I was sweating a ton and we were 7 mile till water. Wildcat Mountain kicked my ass, but met up with a group of hikers I met a day before a pushed on 4 miles to the shelter.

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View from my window at Blood Mountain Cabins.

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I stayed at Raccoon Cabin, I hade no clue Raccoons were from the Panda family.

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George from Blood Mountain Cabins.

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Thru hiker Gus.

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Me at Neel Gap Mountain Crossings, the only time the trail runs through a building.

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Wolf at Cowrock Mountain.

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Tim “Took-a-Look”, and Conan at Tesnatee Gap resting.

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Skeleton resting after a tough climb up Wildcat Mountain.

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Diesel on the way to Low Gap Shelter.

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Day 8
Woke up good around 9am at Low Gap Shelter. Hiked 9.6 miles to Unicoi Gap with Chef, Montana (“Big Sky”), Diesel, Wolf and Tim “Took-a-look”. Another Trail Angel named Jon offered us a ride down to Helen, GA, he made two trips up and down 15 miles to get all of us and would not accept any compensation. I have a huge blister on my heel I’m nursing and sharing a hotel room with Wolf at the Super 8. Helen is a cool little tourist town modeled after Alpine Village in Germany.

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Waking up at Low Gap.

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Diesel

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Wolf drinking fresh water run off.

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S.O.S and Jon hiking down to Unicoi Gap.

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Jon who gave us a ride to Helen, GA.

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Heel blister

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Helen, Ga

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3 Comments

  1. Kelly March 17, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    I live in Asheville. A thruhike is on my bucket list. I’m really enjoying reading the posts and the photos are fabulous. Good luck on your journey!

  2. Erin March 17, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    Jonathan –
    Grandma, Mom, Don and I just read your update together. Can’t wait to see your next post. We have located you on the map and will keep checking your progress. Wonderful photos. Keep Going!
    Love Erin

  3. Tammy March 17, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    Love this! Please keep me updated!

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