Hiking…the ups…the downs…


It seems that there are not many flat places on the trail. We are either going up or down, or slightly up or slightly down, some sideways and some 90 degree angles.

Albert Mountain

Albert Mountain was one such place where we had to scramble up. Not friendly for people with backpacks. There were stairs and then a big rock and you had to figure out how to get your leg up that high to make a step. Hiking poles are super helpful in these situations. The views were pretty awesome at the top however. Renee thought the scrambling was kind of fun, but Alison had other ideas. Alison maintains that she didn’t sign up for bouldering, but Renee said it was in the fine print of the contract.

We have seen some amazing water falls. Sometimes we have to walk through them and trip over them, but they are beautiful.

We took lots of pictures. Speaking of water we walked our first full day in the rain on Wednesday. It was cold and wet and we were glad to have a space in the shelter that night. The night before it actually hailed, the rain on the roof of the shelter blocked out the snoring, so that was good. 🙂

As we were walking down the trail and all of the sudden we come across a sign saying ‘chunky gal trail’. Umm, is that a skirt around the summit?

Our 3rd shelter stay was an interesting one. It had rained all day and then we had 8 people in a 6 person shelter. one person was in a hammock on the porch. We almost had to turn in unison. Reaper actually slept half in a hole in the floor of the shelter that night. We try to stay in a shelter when it’s raining so that we don’t have to pack up a wet tent in the morning. We had tossed a bag of peaches out of the shelter because we forgot to hang it in the bear bag. In the morning we got the bag. It had a hole in it and 1/2 a pound of dried peaches was eaten out of there! We pity the mouse that ate all those peaches!!

This week (on Saturday) we moved from Georgia into North Carolina. We camped shortly after the border. This is where we met Tigger and Mousey. The next morning we climbed a ‘welcome to NC’ hill. It was awful! Not so sure we like North Carolina. 🙂 That morning we had biscuits and gravy with corn chips. Yumm! Salty!


Chunky Gal Trail

bisuits and gravy with corn chips

State Line

About Renee

I enjoy adventures. Whether running marathons, thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, working with Service Adventure, or working with youth as Program Director of Swan Lake Christian Camp for 9 years, I have encountered many an adventure. On this site I will try to capture the big and small ones for you. Enjoy!

Posted on April 22, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Ashley (aka Magister) Cobb

    You will love NC! Trust me! It just takes a little work at first. All good things are worth working for right? 🙂 Good to hear you guys are going strong. Hope this cold snap has been good to you, did you hit any snow? I know parts of northwest NC got some, didn’t know about the lower elevations. Looking forward to hearing about the Smokies!

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