Appalachian Trail Day 2 - Springer Mtn - Hawk Mtn

Appalachian Trail Day 2

03-01-01    Day 2 2:01 PM

7.6 miles, AT  –  7.6  .2 to Shelter

Springer Mtn Shelter  Hawk Mtn.

After I wrote yesterday, I saw some White Breasted Nuthatches and Chickadees.  Bedtime was 7 PM.  I didn’t sleep much.  Phil, a gentlemen in his late 50’s/early 60’s, was snoring.  Phil had fell five times due to a prior stroke.  He hit his head and wanted to go to the hospital today.  I would have been proud to be a family member in the fact he was attempting the trail.  Phil moved real slow, had a sling for his arm, not much movement in his right arm and wore an ankle support.  Josh, a thru-hiker hiking with his wife, walked him back to find him a ride.

Appalachian Trail Day 2 - Springer Mtn - Hawk Mtn

Springer Mtn. Shelter

I didn’t warm my water enough and it got cold fast.  Didn’t brush yet, I keep forgetting.  I left camp around 8:45 AM and made it the 7.8 miles to he Hawk Mountain Shelter by 12:30 PM.  So today will be another day of kicking back.  I washed up a bit and hung some clothes out.

Tomorrow is supposed to bring rain.  It’s sunny now probably in the 60’s.  I saw my first trail Angel.  He was an old gentlemen in his sixties.  He gave me a Pepsi.  He had hiked last year.

The rhododendron plants were incredible today.  Some were twenty feet high!  I saw holly trees six inches around.  Plenty of streams today and huge hemlocks, almost 150 feet high!  Easy hike but much more to come.

I didn’t see much in the way of animals.  Just some chickadees and crows.  The falls at Long Creek were very impressive.

Appalachian Trail Day 2 - Springer Mtn - Hawk Mtn

Top of Long Creek Falls

My body was feeling it today for the first hour or so but after that I was okay.  The ups still knock the wind out of me.

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Scatman

Get out there!

 

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