Good people, good hiking, good week!

Had an awesome three day visit with friends in Asheville, NC. My friends Jon and Jen gave Chef, Ranger Bill and I a ride back to the trail at Hot Springs, NC and also did a mile long hike up to Lovers Leap. It was tough getting back into the hiking frame of mind. Hiked a short day up to a campsite near a pond and it was very loud with the night time symphony of peepers and birds.

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Jon and Jen on Lover Leap outside of Hot Springs, NC.

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Leaf channeling water for easy water gathering.

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Ranger Bill

Woke up and hiked another short day to the next shelter. Met back up with a super cool group of female hikers Hips, Emilyn and Chameleon.

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Wounded Knee.

Hiked to Jerry Cabin Shelter, it started to rain hard and continued through the night.

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Emilyn and Hips

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Hercules and Fal who thru hiked in 1999, invited hikers into their home for waffles, stew and a choice of five desserts.

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Fal making waffles.

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Emilyn and Hips

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Hips

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Hips

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Emilyn and Hips

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Woke up and it was cold and pouring out, everything got soaking wet. It was a hard day, but I enjoyed the company of fellow hikers and pushed through my bad mood.

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Wet trail

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Hips

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Briscuit who is continuing a thru hike after his first attempt in 2010 when he blew out his knee and had to get off the trail.

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Briscuit

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Ranger Bill

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Hips on Big Bald

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Eddie from Israel with his wind up radio.

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Eddie making coffee in his huge aluminum bowl, he makes about five coffees a day.

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Hiked into Erwin, TN.

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One Comment

  1. Judi April 22, 2012 at 11:42 pm #

    LOVE FOLLOWING YOUR JOURNEY! A DREAM OF MINE TO HIKE THE AT, BUT HEALTH ISSUES ALWAYS PREVENTED MY DREAM TO COME TRUE! WISHING YOU THE VERY, VERY, VERY BEST! HANG TOUGH & ENJOY!

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