Relaxing in Gatlinburg

Spending the might in Gatlinburg then tomorrow starting the push out of the smokies. Here is a pic from Clingman’s Dome parking lot. The tower was still cloudy, but tomorrow is supposed to be clear…. hopefully it is!

After I leave Clingman’s Dome, I hit 200 miles!

The view from the parking lot a half mile down from Clingman’s Dome summit. This is looking over Fontana Lake

The Great Smoky Rain Mountains

The first few days in the smokies were wet, but looking ahead, if the weather people are accurate, it will be nice the rest of my time here! Which is perfect, because tomorrow around noon ish I will be at Clingman’s Dome. If it is clear like they predict, I will have a great view from the highest point on the AT!

No pictures yet in the smokies, it’s been foggy. But I have a few clips of video for the next upload. Video will probably be split into two parts and uploaded in Hot Springs, otherwise it will be a long video.

14 miles to do today, so enough babble, time to get some food in me and get walking!

At Fontana Dam

At Fontana Dam taking a day off. It’s nice that staying here is free, but holy crap food is expensive here.

Anyways, here’s some pics.

Cool rock walking up from the NOC.
Almost stepped on a bunch of these little guys on the way out of the NOC.
View from Cheoah Bald.
Cheoah Bald view through an app called “Peak Finder.”
Pretty cool how the clouds are on one side of the mountain but not the other.

Just about to leave the NOC

So I probably won’t be doing text posts often. I am finding that I have 3G signal at most camps, but the website doesn’t load. So, I will have to post when I have 4G.

My knees are sore, but I’ve talked to a few trail angels that are past thru hikers, and they suggested changing how I put everything in my pack, but the location where I am sore is to be expected at this time. It’s because my body is still going, “WTF are you doing, dude?”

I don’t have video ready yet, and looking ahead, I won’t have wifi until Gatlinburg if I stop there, or after I finish the smokies. There’s no free wifi in fontana dam area, unfortunately.

Until then, here are a few pics!

Walking back to the hotel in Franklin, NC.
The view from Wayah fire tower. There’s more in the upcoming video.
The view from Wesser fire tower
The NOC bathroom got jokes!
Packing up to leave!

Made it 100 miles!

Been a while, but signal hasn’t been great. But, I am in Franklin, NC at the hotel. So, here are some pics, and the video will be uploaded soon.

Me and fellow Pittsburgher Dee (although she doesn’t like saying she’s from there) at the GA/NC border.
Last look at Georgia from near Muskrat shelter, just north of the border.
Halfway up Albert Mountain
Walking up Albert Mtn

    100 miles!

So much fun

Tonight was a much better night than last night. No rain, a bunch of hikers chilling by a fire. So fun. Even the ladies that hit springer when I did that are clearly over 60 years old are still rocking it and camping with us are still ┬áhere. What’s your excuse for not escaping the office?