Day 12 - 15.6 miles from the Cow Camp Shelter to the Punchbowl shelter. Today I went up over Bald Knob (no view) and all the way down to Brown Mountain creek. The creek was home to a community of former slaves who ran a grist mill up until the 1920's. After that, up Rice mountain to the Punchbowl shelter. #appalachiantrail#sectionhiker
@kaely1977 enjoying/trying not to let Edie dog steal a delicious @backpackersbistro dinner on the Wapack Trail. Michaela had a big weekend - we finished section hiking the MA Midstate Trail and she backpacked for the first time! 👏
Day 11 - 17.3 miles from the Priest shelter to the Cow Camp shelter. Today was nothing but rain, wind, and cold. No views but still quite a few people out. I crossed several balds including Cole mountain but there was only about 20 ft of visibility. #appalachiantrail#sectionhiker
(FT TOTAL MILEAGE: 86.0; NET MILES HIKED: 135.6; TODAY: 10.1)
Closed my gap between highway 301 and croom today with a short 10 mile hike. During which, I had a feeling that comes up often on the FT of being stuck between a swamp and a dry place. The grass is always greener on the other side I suppose. Either way it was good to get out after a couple weeks off the trail due to various other life commitments. To be able to be alone with my thoughts and reflect, there's no better place to do so.
Day 9 - 21 miles from Rockfish Gap to the Maupin Field shelter. I spent the night at a hostel in Waynesboro and was sure I was done with all this hiking stuff. I even went so far as to arrange a flight home. But I tossed and turned all night and realized I'd be wasting this opportunity so I got back out there. The hurricane did a fair bit of damage, huge trees down and streams bursting. It was still a beautiful sunny day. Spent the evening with some VA tech medical students at the shelter and had a fire for the first time out here. #appalachiantrail#sectionhiker