Day 26 – Happy Trails

“One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.” — Mother Teresa

Miles high today 8.6. Total miles 331.6.

Started walking today around 7:45 AM. It was a brisk morning – perfect for hiking.

There are times on the trail where I think I have stepped into Frodo’s world. You are surrounded by an incredibly green world, where moss covers everything.

The goal today was Big Bald Mountain. There was a pretty darn tough climb to get to the top.

It was worth every footstep, grunt, groan, and every breath.

Total perfection!

Even birds follow the white blazes!

It was a day of views. I am so lucky to have seen such beauty.

And today it wasn’t only the magnificent vistas, it was also the quiet beauty of the forest that took my breath away. The forest floor was covered in white flowers. Absolutely sublime. 

I met my first southbounder. He started last July. Has another month before he finishes his trip. To be a through hiker you have to finish it with in a one year span – he is still on track.

Someone left a little Easter trail magic. Hershey kisses and some malted eggs.

Took a small side trip to High Rocks. 

And had another great view – they never ever get old.

I met these three young ladies, all nurses, back in Gatlinburg. We caught up again with each other today. It’s nice to run into hikers that you already know.

Best part of my day came when real trail magic happened. Hugh showed up. 

I am ending my Appalachian Trail journey at mile 331. Hugh did not like being apart from each other and he is more important than the Trail. 

That is not to say that I won’t finish the trail one day – I will just do it in sections so we are not a part for very long.

I’ve had a blast! Hope you enjoyed coming along with me.


7 thoughts on “Day 26 – Happy Trails

  1. Congratulations on acomplishing 330 plus miles. Its really amazing to me. And you went and did it alone! Ive enjoyed reading your blog along the way.

  2. You are such an inspiration. I know you will finish this adventure just on a different time schedule. You have seen and accomplished more in three weeks than many of us will do in a lifetime. I looked back at your blog explaining why you were doing this. You commented that it was selfish. My friend, you are the most unselfish person I know. I am honored to call you my friend. Cannot wait to see you when you get home and hear all the details.

  3. I’ve enjoyed following you on your “Walk in the Woods”. I know you will keep going when time allows.

  4. You know have many wonderful experiences to reminisce, beautiful and wonderful pictures in your mind that you will remember for the rest of your life.
    Good for you!!
    So let us know when the DVD come us out! I want one 👍🏼

  5. I am incredibly proud of you my dear mother. I have no doubt you will finish the trail when it’s the right time. 331 miles is amazing. You have been and will continue to be an inspiration for your granddaughter showing her an example of what a strong and determined woman can accomplish.

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