Today, I hit the trail again. It was cool and cloudy and I was ready to be moving.
Early on, I crossed the Fontana Dam. You actually get to walk over it! It was pretty cool, as it is a famous landmark.
Right after that, I entered Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
I dropped my permit in the permit box and started climbing up. Most of the hike was in fog and around lunch time it started to rain, the wind picked up and the temperature went down.
My socks and shoes were soaked. From the rain and melting slush from the big snow storm the other day.
I was 5 minutes away from Mollies Ridge Shelter and was thinking of going further, it was already a 13 mile day. Then there was thunder. I was staying at Mollies Ridge, decision made. Entered the shelter and the rains became heavy and so did the hail. The shelter was designed to hold 12, we crammed it with 20 shivering hikers. It was crazy, but no body complained.
Once I got out of my wet clothes and into my sleeping bag, I warmed up well and slept well considering.