Today made it to Carter Gap Shelter for the night. I had some really nice views climbing Standing Indian Mountain. Depending on which side of the mountain I was on it was either sunny and warm or sunny and cool with strong winds.
Sometime in the last few years, there was a sizable forest ground fire on and around Standing Indian Mountain. I got to thinking about how I believe most people want to put out forest fires. If it is a naturally caused fire, I am in favor of letting them burn where lives are not in immediate danger. They are a part of nature, they help burn debris which means bigger fires are less likely in that area. Plus the fires help return nutrients to the soil and improve wildlife habitat longer term. In addition, fighting forest fires is dangerous business, why risk the lives of firefighters where I believe it may be unwarranted.
The trail was pretty well maintained. There was one area that was wet mud for maybe a quarter mile. It was slick, one wrong slip would send you rolling off trail, no cliffs. Plenty of trees to stop a person from rolling too far. Hahaha. It is funny to me anyways.
In two days, I will be going into Franklin, North Carolina for a rest day, food resupply, shower. Staying at a hostel named Baltimore Jacks Place. Baltimore Jack was a legend on the trail. He passed away not that long ago I believe.
Thanks to everyone who has been reading and commenting on this blog. It is a nice way to keep in touch with people and I enjoy it. Cell service is spotty, so if I do not get back to you right away, I will as soon as I can.