Day 16: Another Day in the Woods

Day #16

Sassafras Gap Shelter –>Cable Gap Shelter

15.2 miles

159.2 Total AT miles

Sometimes, I’m just not sure what to say. We wake in the morning and we eat. We pack camp and we eat some more. We hike. We snack while we hike. We eat lunch on top of mountains and filter water flowing right out of the earth to drink. We eat more. Some of us drink coffee. Lots of coffee with enough to share.

We eat first dinner then we set up camp. We sit around fires or huddle beneath overhangs of shelters to stay out of the rain. We eat second dinner and we hang our food in trees to be safe from bears but more often mice. We goof around and share stories. We retrieve our bear bags to eat a third dinner; only sometimes, you know, when the pain in the belly outweighs that of the legs. We sleep. We sleep a lot. Sometimes 12 hours or more.

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Campsite atop Cheoah Bald just past the shelter. We planned to camp here but it was late and getting cold. A good decision.
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Descending into Stecoah Gap.
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Canuck preparing ramen noodles for lunch.
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Everyone is resting before tackling Jacobs Ladder.
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Mr. Kool-Aid letting the blood flow from his legs.
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A garbage can!!!! Never in my life have I been so excited to see one of these.
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The trail family fueling up before the climb. Cling mans Dome, the highest point of the AT is visible to the left.

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Empty, leafless forests
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Owl checking the distance to the next water and shelter.
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Prayer flags in a shelter.
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Dude who’s name I forgot trying to sweep out the shelter. His efforts are in vain as the wind blows the dust right back in.
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Rattle snake on trail! I didn’t see it though 😦
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Canuck, Owl, and I hiking fast to avoid the rain.
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Lots of up and down today.

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Dude, where’s the trail? It gets pretty rough at times. A highway overall though…
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Cool Dad putting on the rain pants as the rain begins to fall.
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A broken tree with the white blaze.
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Down and down we go.
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Owl hiking on through the rain.
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GGGRrraaaaa!!!!!
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Faster Owl! It’s raining!
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Decorating a journal.
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The floor in front of the shelter. Dinner time!
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