“Well, we knocked the bastard off!” –EDMUND HILLARY, on climbing Everest
Got up this morning left by eight. Had a pretty good night. I’m still waking up quite a bit checking the clock and going back to sleep. Most of the day was over cast with some mist, but it was good hiking weather! Today was the day we climbed Blood Mountain. It is the highest point of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia.
Today although we did not walk together, we stopped together. I have loosely formed a group with Linda, Mark, and Juergen. There was a 5 mile section of today’s hike that did not allow camping unless you had a bear canister. We knew we were walking through and not camping, so my canister was not needed. But, I did see a lot of bear scat.
Then it was time to start climbing Blood Mountain. I will tell you at this point I did get passed by three younger men all in their 20s. But so far I’m the lead walker in our group – they tell me I keep them honest.
And let me tell you it was a climb. Up and up and up we went. We got misted on pretty good for just about 10 minutes. Just enough for us all to pull out rain coats.
Then we finally got to the summit. At the top is one of the oldest shelters on the Appalachian Trail. Blood Mountain shelter. We stopped for a few minutes and took some photos. It was nice to cross Blood Mountain off the list.
Once you go up the mountain you must come down. And coming down Blood Mountain was something. Remember, it had been misting, so the rocks were all wet. Do you see the white blaze on the rock? The white blazes show us the way!
Want to know how to get a hiker to hike faster? Tell them there’s a bed at the end of the day. It is what I wanted for my birthday – a bed. We passed up the outfitters- I will show you that tomorrow – and headed straight for Blackmountain cabins and the bed and shower. All four of us shared the cabin at a cost of $18 each! Score.
Getting to know Linda a little better. I have found out a couple of things that are amazing. She has three sisters. She has an addiction to Diet Pepsi. She is 55 years old. She is the third child too. Sometimes it’s a very small world.
Blowing out the imaginary candles,