Day 21: Derrick Knob Shelter to Double Spring Gap Shelter

Day #21

Derrick Knob Shelter –> Double Spring Gap Shelter

7.4 Miles

196.7 Total AT Miles

Kodak here signing in from Uncle Johnny’s Hostel in Erwin, Tn on my 30-something day on the trail. The blog has fallen a little behind due to lack of internet access in the forest. Go figure! The internet in towns has not been so good and time is really short with chores and socialization and all. Sorry.

I’ve resumed journaling nightly so my posts should improve once I get caught up. I bought a journal in Hot Springs after sending mine home. Horrible decision. I need to write to keep my head in order and so many things happen out here it is difficult to remember it and keep things straight.

Anyway, last night I took a day off from taking pictures allowing myself only one. The photo I took was of Mountain Goat and myself sitting around a fire under a bridge here in Erwin. We nero’d into town and spent a night camped at the hostel. Funds are super low, and we wanted a zero, so Mountain Goat and myself walked across the bridge and cowboy camped beside the river.

A church men’s group drove us into town for a walmart run where we bought broccoli, cauliflower, corn on the cob, and a rotisserie chicken. We bought butter and tin foil and cooked the veg in the fire.

Just as we prepared to toss the food in the fire, a man and his two sons walked up with a 2ft rainbow trout that swallowed a hook and wasn’t going to make it. “Want it?” He asked. “We have a freezer full.”

“Heck yeah!” I said. I taught Mountain Goat how to clean the fish. We stuffed the chest cavity with wild onion and a quarter pound of butter then wrapped it in foil. After eight minutes on each side, the fish was cooked to perfection; meat flaking; juicy, and tender; entire skeleton peeling from the uneaten side.

We feasted then cooked some pineapple in the fire for desert. We topped it with chocolatey yogurt and sweet cracker crumbles. “This is better than the desert at Iron Horse!” Mountain Goat declared. Another special night on the Appalachian Trail.

Anyway, here are photos from my 21st day on the trail. Sorry for the lack of story to follow it. See ya’ll soon!

Mountain Goat, My Shadow, and Mama Finch – there on the end – absorbing the warmth of their bags for as long as they can.
My Shadow and Mountain Goat enjoying s’mores for breakfast. Only on the Appalachian Trail…
Me, Kodak, warming my hands on my stove as I cook my breakfast. Photo Cred: Mountain Goat. Thanks!
inside of the Double Spring Gap Shelter
A broken trekking pole serves as a fire poker. It’s coffee time!
Lounging on a break alongside the trail.
The Appalachian trail prior to becoming “the green tunnel.” Soon enough…
Some moss on a fallen tree.
Golden boy taking it easy at lunchtime. Soaking in those rays after a cold morning.
Dr. Kool-Aid and My shadow getting some music going.
Hiking on.
Mountain Goat posing for a photo in a mossy patch of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.
Mountain Goat cooking dinner: grits and “hot Chockey (sp?)”
Trail magic oreos! Thanks dude!
The tower at Clingmans Dome, the highest point of the Appalachian trail. It’s all down hill from here!
Me enjoying my mac n’ cheese dinner atop Clingmans Dome.
Dr. Kool-Aid and myself.
We left our belongings set-up at the shelter and hiked to the top of Clingmans Dome for sunset. Such a good decision.
The mountains opposite the sun.
Dr. Kool-Aid answering questions for the circle of day hikers. What do you eat? Where do you sleep? Why?!? How?!?
Our group at sunset.


Time to head back to the shelter for the night.

2 thoughts on “Day 21: Derrick Knob Shelter to Double Spring Gap Shelter

  1. It is so awesome following you guys. Love reading what your newest adventure has been. I work with young students and they are so interested in seeing the stuff you guys do on your trip. There favorite so far was hanging the food on the cables at night.

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