Wednesday May 4, 2016
Well I was singing a different tune this morning when I stood up and tried to walk. The muscles were quite sore, but after moving around for a bit things loosened up and I had a really good day. It was the strongest I have felt so far on the trail. The soreness isn’t as bad as it was on our first hike and definitely nothing like the soreness after my ironman.
We had a chilly start to the day. When we woke it was 52 degrees in the tent so maybe it got down into the upper 40’s last night and I think it is supposed to be colder tonight. The day was beautiful and by lunch time I was back in my hiking skirt and short sleeve shirt.
There was Mountain Laurel all along the trail. It is beautiful and smells so fragrant. The rhododendron hasn’t started to bloom yet but it looked like it would be shortly.
We hiked almost 17 miles today and had some amazing scenery, as well a some difficult areas for me because of stairs or heights. The stairs that lead to the observation deck to view Whitewater Falls got to me, but I wanted to see the falls. The stairs were so small and steep. My whole foot wouldn’t even fit on the stair, there is no railing to hang onto, and they went on and on…yada, yada, yada. I’m such a baby. The falls were worth the climb. They were beautiful!
We found a great area to stop for lunch and soak our feet in the very cold river water. You couldn’t leave your feet in for long because the water temp was so cold. It did feel good to dip the feet in for short periods of time. It helps to reduce inflammation. We also did some laundry here. We got pretty sweaty on our first day on the trail and I wanted to wash my socks and underwear. I had wool socks and they took a long time to dry so I may look for something synthetic to wear in the future.
We did see a copperhead snake sunning himself on the trail. Jim found a long tree limb, picked him up and removed him from the trail so we could pass by. I also saw a tiny black racer.
After climbing over and through a bunch of rocks and boulders we came to a bridge crossing that we had to use a cable to pull our selves up onto a boulder to get to the bridge. Now we are wearing 20 lbs packs and I’m looking at this cable thinking what the hell…I may tear the skin on my hands. I wanted to put my gloves on first so I didn’t hurt my hands but, Jim pulled himself up like a champ and proceded to help me up before I could think about it too much. He is my hero.
We are camped for the night next to Bear Creek with another couple who are also heading to Table Rock State Park. We saw 4 day hikers and 3 other backpackers while hiking today plus the couple we are camped with.
This this hike has been so beautiful. There’ve been so many bridges and water crossing along this trail and we havn’t had to carry more than a liter of water with us at a time. Which has been so nice.