“She got both feet on the ground – And she’s burning it down – She got her head in the clouds – And she’s not backing down!” – Alicia Keys
We got up this morning from our cabin where Linda had cooked us dehydrated hashbrowns and eggs – quite delicious. Then headed to Mountain Crossing shown above. I retrieved my mail drop from them and bought a pillow that was way overpriced. But I decided I wanted a pillow.
Outside Mountain Crossings Outfitters is the famous tree where hikers throw their shoes that are quitting. The tree is full of shoes.
On the side of the building is a walkway. It is the only covered area of the Appalachian Trail. Look below and you’ll see the white blaze that shows you the way painted on the side of the walkway. This is where we left off yesterday and got the cabin so back on the trail with a very heavy pack loaded with food.
Again we had a misty morning and a few raindrops, but not enough to get out the raincoat. I looked at the photo below and had to laugh. It shows a smooth trail! There is hardly any of the trail that is smooth and it seems like I take pictures when it is because it’s when I can actually look up to take one. Most of the day is spent looking at the ground – you have to stop to look up.
But roads mean trail magic! Set up on the wayside were a group of Christians handing out some of the best food I have tasted in a long time. They had pulled pork, pulled chicken, deviled eggs, and bananas! We filled up.
As you can see I’m really roughing it. The next picture is for my mother! When you walk in the woods, Mother, you see faces and things in every tree and every rock. It has always been one of our favorite things to do together. I see a dog in this one. What do you see?
About a half a mile before camp is where we gathered water. It was barely a trickle, but it was enough to fill up on. After we gather it has to be sanitized. I’m using UV light to get rid of the bad stuff.
Camping with us is a police officer from Jacksonville, Florida and his brother Andy. Two really nice guys.
Snug as a bug in a tent,