Day 20:

Day #20

Russell Field Shelter –> Derrick Knob Shelter

8.9 miles

189.3 Total AT miles

We had a rough night. Someone fell asleep with music on. I woke to it at 3am. Unable to fall asleep with the ruckus, I braved the cold the shook the mans tent till he woke. “Please turn off your music.” He didn’t, only turned it down a bit.

A few minutes later, Mr. Kool-Aid snapped, “TURN OFF THE F*CKING MUSIC!”

“I need it to cover up the snoring.”

“No-one is snoring, but your music is keeping everyone awake!” Says Mr. Kool-Aid. “Please, turn it off.”

“Since you put it like that, ok.”

We hiked on through a bit of fog and a slight bit of rain. Just enough to wet the trails but not ourselves. Sometime after noon, the clouds cleared and the sun pierced the sky just in time for us to find a bald.

We laid in the sun on top of the mountain soaking in the golden warmth for hours. It is one of my favorite moments; carefree relaxation with no-where to be and nothing to do but chill with new friends.

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Morning through the door of my tent.
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Mr. Kool-Aid getting ready to pack up.
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The Derrick Knob Shelter through the mornings fog.
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My Tarptent Moment.
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Rhododendron leaves in the fog.
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Inside one of the Smokey Mountain Shelters on a lunch break.
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Mr. Kool-Aid’s kool-aid pin.
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Walking in the mud.
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My shoes on the muddy trails.
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The Appalachian Trail winds through grassy patches in the fog.
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Grass! I so wish I could camp here. Best mattress ever!
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Just a little mud on my shoes and pants.
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Three tarps keep the wind from this shelter.
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We stopped at the shelter for a late lunch and found these bags hanging from the bear cables with no-one around. Creepy.
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Stairs.

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We will lay on that bare spot on the mountain for hours basking in the sun like reptiles.
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Hiking on.

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The view from Rocky Top.
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Taking in the view.
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Whats up Golden Boy!
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I took off my shoes and this earthworm crawled across my foot. Tickles!
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My Shadow laying on Finch and loving every moment.
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Me on the bald.
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Orion, My Shadow, and Mountain Goat taking it easy.
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Drying my tent while we sunbathe.
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LadyBird writing in her journal.
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My hat keeps the sun off my face.
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My Shadow!
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Mr. Kool-Aid having a moment.
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Mountain Goats goat tattoos on her feet.
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Mountain Goat showing off her bracelet to My Shadow. It has a sweet troll bead with green eyes.

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The shelters here in the Smokeys all have fireplaces in side. Talk about cozy!
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Camping at Derrick Knob Shelter.
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The Derrick Knob Shelter.
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This pocket Rocket rip off exploded flames burning the ground and melting the supports. Crazy!

 

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