Day 23: Icewater Spring Shelter to TriCorner Nob Shelter

Day #23

Icewater Spring Shelter –> Tri Corner Knob Shelter

12.1 Miles

222.2 Total AT Miles

Kodak here signing in from Damascus, Virginia 54 days, and 469 miles, into an Appalachian Trail thru-hike. The blog has fallen a bit behind, but I’m working to bring it up to date if the wifi here will cooperate. It’s spotty though I think it’ll do.

I arrived here two days ago and have been really out of sorts. I was lacking sleep, a condition caused by my stubborn refusal to use inflatable sleeping pads. Until last night that is. I finally caved trading my precious foam mat for an inflatable.

Weeks waking under-slept and stiff led to the decision. I spent thirty minutes yesterday laying on different mats on the floor of an outfitter before deciding on a Sea to Summit Ultra light mat.

Feeling exhausted from the previous nights toss-and-turn, I blew up the mat here at Woodchucks hostel and napped on a wooden bench. I woke feeling refreshed though still tired. I guess I’ve been sleeping worse than I thought!

Sleep was never a problem when pushing big miles. If your tired enough, you’ll sleep anywhere and on anything. The issue is: I haven’t been pushing big miles. Not even close! Our group enjoys a slow pace soaking in as many special moments as we can muster.

Anyway, I slept really well last night. I’ll need another night or two before I’m finally caught up, but a good nights sleep makes all the difference. I cannot wait for another.

The next ten posts or so will be mainly photographs. I began journaling again after Hot Springs so written words will resume shortly.

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Brewing coffee in the vestibule of my tent on a chilly morning in the Smokies.
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Dr. Kool-Aid, Shaggy, Bambi, Moonboots, (i forget! Sorry), and Owl kneeling in the front.
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Dr. Kool-Aid packing up his tent in the wind. It rained in the night and was so windy I was almost worried. I staked out my tent at every possible point though so I didn’t have any issues. Henry Shires at TarpTent added extra guy-out points around the perimeter of my tent allowing for a total of 8.
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A cloudy and windy day in the Smokies.
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My Shadow and Dr. Kool-Aid on a blue-blazed trail to an overlook. Heeeyyy!!!
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My Shadow and Dr. Kool-Aid celebrating the beauty of the mountains.

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Rocks and moss line the trail.
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A light rain makes the greens and grey glisten and glow.
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Rocky trails are easy walking allowing water to drain.
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The Smokies have been my favorite section thus far.
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An overlook along an exposed ridge. Luckily, the weather is holding. Thunderstorms are forecast.
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Fallen trees are everywhere here. Rocky soil and shallow-rooted evergreens are easily pushed over in the wind.
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The aftermath of an old landslide.
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Dr. Kool-Aid and My Shadow dressed for the dreary day. It hasn’t dampened our spirits however!

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Dr. Kool-Aid removes his jacket in the warm shelter and begins to steam. We all are as our damp clothes begin to dry.
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Wet packs hanging from the shelter wall.
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Handicap accessible toilets?!
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Shaggy in front of Tri Corner knob shelter. I thought they would be long gone, but they took refuge here from the rain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Day 23: Icewater Spring Shelter to TriCorner Nob Shelter

    • Thanks Hikeminded! The photo is actually of another hiker, 19 year-old “Shaggy” from Florida. But, I am very relaxed. Life is good on the AT. Most of the time anyway!

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