Someone please pinch me! The AT is good at giving hikers surprises through the day. I hiked 16.6 miles today.
During the hike came across what I think was a small barn. There were also some old school daffodils, likely planted a long time ago while there was a home there also, which is long gone now. I have seen these only at places where old homes once stood.
Further into the day, hiked down to a great waterfall, Laurel Falls. Took the pack off and sat down and enjoyed the sight, sound and smell of it. The hike out of the canyon was long, hard and sun baked. A hiker named Eskimo hiked with us a part of the day, he is a cool young guy from Alaska.
Hiked along the river on a narrow cliff. Yes, this is a part of the AT.
Someone caught a picture of me walking, just before I fell into the river and was swept downstream a little.
Back up on the ridge, had a nice view of Watauga Lake.
Oh yeah, just kidding about falling into the river. Did not happen. Just felt like taking the picture and playing a prank. Haha
There is a hostel in the area we were going to stop hiking near. So for $20 each, Clipper and I got a two bed private cabin, shower and breakfast for the night at Boots Off Hostel in Hampton, Tennessee. The cabin measures about 8 feet by 8 feet and is not fancy at all, but its clean.
I am two days away from Damascus, Virginia if I push hard. Likely, 3 days away though. I really need to get new shoes there.