Sunday October 1, 2017
Fontana Lodge 12.7 miles
Total mileage 2025.8
I had an horrible night last night. There were a bunch of weekenders at the shelter and they made TWO campfires not one. One was actually in the shelter in the fireplace and I think the chimney was partially blocked. I was getting smoked out. My eyes were burning and I couldn’t breath. I was up past 11pm. I wanted to scream! Now everything I have stinks like a campfire.
I do have to admit that the day was beautiful once it warmed up, but it was a real frigid morning. I would guess in the 40’s again and windy, which made it feel like freezing weather. But I really didn’t enjoy it much. My feet bother me the longer I am on them. The days use to go by fast but now they just seem to drag. It takes forever just for lunch time to roll around.
Then when we reach Fontana Marina to call for a shuttle for a shuttle the hotel the phone doesn’t work and there is no service here. That’s why there is a phone here for hikers to use. I use my GPS to ask Jim to call and he tells me that the hotel said shuttle service only runs during the summer when I specifically asked the hotel if they would be able to pick me up. Jim tells me the the maintance man should be back from lunch in 15 minutes and they will see if he can come pick us up. In the mean time an AT shuttle driver drives by to pick up some other hikers and I ask if he can take us where we need to go and luckily he can.
Then when we get to the hotel our room isn’t ready and we have to wait two hours. I was so upset I was ready to explode. I just wanted to get rid of this campfire smell and get off my feet. Plus it would have been great to get a nap in since I was up so late last night.
Once I get to the laundry mat there are only two washers working and I have to wait 30 to use one. And I watch the women before me take her clothes out of the washer soaking wet and soapy. She rings the clothes out and wishes me good luck with the washer.
I thought this life would be so simple, but truly no life is simple. There are good days and bad days. I just haven’t learned how to not let the bad days bother me so much.
I think I have posted enough about how hard this has become and how much pain I am in. I will be commiting to finding joy in each day from now on.
I will be thankful for positive thinking.