Friday April 27, 2018
Mom dropped me off at Dicks Creek Gap and I hiked southbound to Unicoi Gap. A 17 mile day. It was a cool start, but the sun was shining and it looked like it was going to be a beautiful day. Mom and Berkley followed me up the trail a short distance before turning around. They turned around to soon and didn’t get to see this cute little bench in front of a small waterfall.
After about an hour of hiking I was starting to get warm and started to peel off some layers. Shortly after I walked into this…
I started to get really cold and had to put on more layers on than I had started with. It was COLD, WINDY and the wind was blowing water off the trees.
I started to meet some of the hikers that stayed out the night before in all that rain. Most said that they stayed dry. Especially the ones in the shelter.
As quickly as I walked into that foggy mess I walked right out of it about an hour later and started to take layers off again.
Today’s terrain was pretty challenging. I had three mountains to climb all over 4000 feet. The first one Kelly Knob at just over 4100 feet went by quickly without much difficulty. The second mountain, Tray Mountain over 4400 feet was more challenging, but still completed without to much difficulty.
View from the top of Tray mountain.
The third mountain Rocky Mountain at just over 4000 feet was a bit more challenging for me. Which could be because I did it at the very end of my day.
View from Rocky Mountain.
It was a very good day for me. I met many nice people along the trail. Some of them I had seen in days prior since today I was hiking southbound. The sun was out for most of the day. I ended up finishing in just my skirt and short sleeve T shirt. I later noticed I was sunburned. Tomorrow I will be hiking northbound with the sun on my other side.