Appalachian Trail and Great Smoky Mountains National Park
16 - 18 June 2013
In the company of Gregg, Kim & Chris
Our 30 mile trip over 6 days became 12 miles over 3 days because of continuing rain and an Achilles Tendon issue. Those who had been in the rain for a week all last year weren't game for rain soaked backpacking. I don't blame them.
Kim received her AT trail name, more like earned it! She would dry backpacker's shoes, insoles and socks as they came into the shelter soaking wet. She was very much appreciated. Kim minded the fire and the socks. So she is now HotSocks
The views are too breathtaking to describe with words. There are too many images to share here. I could get lost there for eternity and be so happy.
Mountain Laurel and Flaming Azalea were plentiful and in full bloom.
I'm ready to go back!
After only three days out there I feel like a new woman. I am getting yard/garden/housework done with purpose and enjoying the feeling of purpose. I need to figure out how to get this renewal more consistently. Life is too hard to try to muscle it out. The renewal is needed and the rest.