It was a fun 14 mile day today from Carter Gap Shelter to a stealth camp site about 2 miles from Winding Stair Gap. Just set up in the woods.
Today was actually my favorite day of backpacking on the AT so far. The trail was beautiful and the scenery was varied. The weather was perfect. As I was hiking, I was thinking to my self, “I cannot believe I am actually hiking the AT” and “It’s unreal I am attempting this.” It has not sunk it yet, in a way I hope it never does and each new day is as fresh as the first. Some people choose not to do something out of fear or fear of failure. I look at it differently, I need to try things that challenge me, that are hard. Not trying something that excites me is way harder on me than trying and failing. I am not sure what makes a success or a failure in a venture anyway. We can view situations from a specific viewpoint, but do we always have the proper perspective or are we even open to it. There are lessons to be learned that can be applied to unknown future events regardless and hopefully it makes me better.
I have lost some weight, so when I get to town, I REALLY need a belt. My pants want to fall to the ground as I hike. Such a scene most likely would not be appreciated in town. Hahaha. Since I am also feeling funny today, I have also decided I prefer going to the restroom outside. Again, something likely not accepted in “civilization.” Hahaha…Enough on that.
Saw many nonblooming clusters of Rattlesnake Orchids.
The climb up to Albert Mountain was challenging in a fun way. Part of the trail was literally straight up. It was worth it, there is a fire tower up there and the views are the best on the trail so far.
After leaving Albert Mountain, I found a clean pair of ear muffs. So I picked them up and carried them with me figuring the owner was ahead. I was able to reconnect them to their Dutch owner after a few miles.
Did not feel like staying in a established campsite, so I just set up my tent on a ridge in the woods. Have some day light left, so giving some clothing time to air out a little.