I woke up this morning and it was so foggy and humid. I could not see 100 feet in the fog. Had some minor condensation in my tent last night, but nothing major. Also, a large tree fell over in the forest maybe around 10 p.m., it was not near camp but people in camp easily heard it.
Hiked into the Nantahala Outdoor Center, which is right on the trail to do a food resupply. The outfitter opens at 9 a.m. and the general store at 10 a.m. A few hikers were there waiting for them to open. I got the food I needed. It’s a resort kind of, but it also has a white water training course. Several Olympians work here and they held the white water kayak world championships here a few years ago. Pretty neat.
Today, I went straight up all day, gaining 3,000 feet of elevation. A guy named Cyclops hiked with me for half the day. We had some nice views for a little while. Big landscape views and views on a smaller scale too.
While hiking, I came across a memorial to a firefighter who died fighting a fire on the AT.
Then rain came and the temperatures started dropping once I got to camp at Sassafras Gap Shelter. I have a nice little tent site next to a small creek. If the rain stops, might have a little fire tonight, not betting on it though. It sounds like there will be some snow tonight, nothing major. At least I have not been given a shovel and told to shovel the trail, not yet anyways!
I read this afternoon, that there is a winter storm warning for Great Smokey Mountains National Park today and tomorrow. I am a few days from there and will make informed decisions about when to enter the park, which has the highest elevations on the AT.