The snowstorm yesterday was the second biggest of the year for the area. I heard some areas near me received 18 inches of snow.
I hiked down mostly today. It was a easier hike than yesterday for sure. As the saying goes, “The only easy day was yesterday.” Today, the sun was out as I hiked. Lots of ice and some good snow drifts, it was a very beautiful day to hike. Did observe some deer, bobcat, rabbit and mouse tracks in the snow.
On the way down, I caught glimpses of the Fontana Damn. The damn is 480 feet tall and is the tallest in the country, east of the Mississippi River.
I hiked into Fontana Village and will take a zero (no hiking, just rest) tomorrow. Then the next day I will hike across Fontana Damn and into Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
This evening about 10 of us hikers were in the laundry room trying to wash clothes. The lodge had 5 washers, but only one worked. So we all chatted and made the best of it. One guy had a bunch of beer (The lodge messed something up, so he got two free cases) so we all had one or two beverages while chatting and doing laundry.