Hot dogs, rain, and Birthdays…

After enjoying a wonderful zero day in Sylva, Gail dropped us off at NOC and we started our 6.9 mile acent to the next shelter. As soon as we started out on the trail, it started to rain and preceeded to rain ALL day. wahoo. Needless to say, it wasn’t a good day for either of us. Once we got to the shelter, we were all grumpy, tired, wet, and cold. Reaper started a fire to roast our hotdogs but was unable to keep it going in the downpour. So instead we had boiled hotdogs. yumm protein! Because it was so cold, we got into our sleeping bags by 8pm. Everyone else in the shelter was already sleeping by this time! We played go-fish until 9 since Yahtzee would have been too loud. šŸ™‚

The next day was Alison’s birthday (Apr 22nd)! We didn’t stay in the shelter long since it was cold, at least while we were hiking we were warm! At lunch time, we were greeted with some trail angles. A lady named Jessica came up to us, noticed how cold we were and offered to take us to McDonald’s to warm up. Her Dad (Bob) usually does a lot of trail magic (bringing snacks and pop for hikers) at this gap and could bring us back to the trail. We jumped at the chance to get warm and have a cheeseburger and ice cream! Especially since we had a guarenteed ride both ways.Ā  God bless trail angels! Once we got back on the trail we decided that 15 miles was not going to happen so we opted for the nearest shelter about 4 miles in. We had heard of a phenomenon dubbed “Jacob’s Ladder” but wasn’t really sure what it was. Well, it ended up being about a mile of crazy steep trail. Renee’s heel got a blister and Alison had to stop every 2 min to catch her breath. Not fun. The shelter was a welcome site for sure! Since it was Sunday, we went down to the water source and had a church service. Reaper had written out a serviceĀ complete with hymns, a sermonĀ and everything for an Army chapel he was in charge of. Nice!Ā  The other hikers said they could hear us singing. All in all, not a bad birthday on the trail.



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!

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