Wednesday October 4, 2017
Wayah Bald, NC 17.6 miles
Total mileage 2070.4
Hopefully today will be my last day carrying a full pack. I hope to slack the rest of the way to Springer Mountain in GA.
Today was another beautiful day. The trail involved a big climb out of the NOC, but we did that early in the morning while the weather was cooler.
The trail has been pretty. I would walk through areas where the trail was covered with red leaves and other areas of yellow or brown leaves. Some areas of rock which is my least favorite. There were also some glittery areas today as well as some areas of charred woods from fires last year caused by an arsonist.
I made it to my Mom’s favorite place on the trail, Wayah Bald. She and Dad would regularly visit this area in the fall. The stone fire tower no longer has a roof. It burned in the fires last year.
We stop for lunch at a Rocky Bald. It was a little off trail, but a hiker we ran into along the trail this morning said it was worth the side trail.
Today I am thankful to be so close to the end. I am ready to give my feet a break. I just hope that I haven’t done any damage to them that won’t heal with time.