Because we didn’t want to walk the 1.2 miles from the trail into Whitley Gap Shelter on April 9th we decided to stealth camp at Hogpen Gap. We thought we would be by ourselves, but then around 6pm a couple of guys came and joined us. We liked them immediately. They have the same sense of humor that we do. We became fast friends. 🙂 And, these guys are in their fourties and one is married and has kids. We know all your imaginations were starting to run wild…
We ended up staying with them for 3 nights and we even played Yahtzee with them the last night. Alison won.
We played leap frog with Gimpy one day. He’s a nice guy. We hope he does well on the trail. His knee is basically without cartilage. It was fun to see one hiker multiple times during the day.
Some people went into Helen for pizza, but we decided not too. There will be time for that when our hiker hunger comes full force. We find that we are still forcing ourselves to eat, and we have a lot of food!
Blue Mountain Shelter had us meeting up with new people including: Butcher, Reaper, Ryno and 2 Germans. Don’t worry, we still feel safe out here. 🙂 The guys are actually pretty nice. We haven’t met up with Meandering Snail recently, so that’s a good thing. He was a little strange, but I’m sure even we could out-hike him. It got down to low 30s for the night and Alison was cold. We also hiked in some rain and wind that day. Nasty. but, we could set up our tent in relatively nice weather.
We stayed at Tray Mountain Shelter with basically the same crew and it got into the mid 20s at night. Wow. Renee is glad for her zero degree bag. Alison wishes she had one. But, it should be getting warmer with the lows in the 50s this week.
We have been getting up anywhere between 6:45am and 7:30am and seem to get going around 9 each morning. We did make it out on the trail by 8:23 because it was too cold to stay in camp at Tray Mt. Shelter.
One sad thing is we saw The Professor (one of the Maryland guys) walking the wrong direction down the hill. He fell and hurt his knee. We hope he gets better fast.
We now have trail names: Renee is Kleenex – because she is constantly blowing snot rockets and she didn’t want to be called ‘snot’. Alison is 3 step cause she takes 3 steps when she could be taking 2.
We stayed the night in Hiawasee and we are taking a zero day. (April 13th) These posts will be a little behind. We only get to a computer about once a week.
I see we’re at 7% of our fundraising and we’ve gone 77 miles of the trail and the next time you hear from us we’ll be in North Carolina! Thanks for all the prayers and support!