“A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.” – Carl Reiner
Went to sleep to rain… Woke up to snow! Getting packed up this morning was something else. The tent was very wet. A couple of stops ago I bought a piece of plastic to put under the tent – it was a great decision.
No time to eat or even drink this morning. In other words it was time to walk, it was time to get warm.
It was snowing at 7 AM when I got up and never stopped throughout the day. I stayed pretty warm throughout the day with the exception of my hands and feet. The latex gloves over my gloves help tremendously to keep my hands dry.
Clingman’s Dome is 6612 feet tall and at the top of the mountain is this monstrosity. A mile or two down there’s a large parking space that allows people to walk up the mountain to the structure. It has a walkway that circles around to allow people to get to the viewing platform.
This wonderful family from Michigan who were on vacation gave us a hitch into Gatlinburg. I’m telling you the trail angels and the trail magic have been outstanding this trip. I’ve met such great people.
The kids were doing a scavenger hunt that their mom had printed off for them and they had to find things along the way in order to check it off. One of the things was a hitchhiker! They did not have to stop to check off the box, but lucky for me they did!
Two more facts that I want to point out. I have crossed over into Tennessee and am now back in North Carolina. The trail will weave back-and-forth between the states for some miles. Also just a mile after Clingmans Dome I passed the 200 mile mark!
Finding me some red meat tonight for dinner,