21 , 1981 Sunday From Gonzo!s Appalachian
Woke up with a little pain in the back. Wish I could just try
a hammock to see if it would work. Tried to get Chuck up because
he had mentioned that he wanted to write in his journal. Failed again.
I knew he couldnt get up. I fixed a very enjoyable breakfast
of two fried eggs, grits and oatmeal, and Pop-Tarts. I fried the eggs
in the lid of my cook kit. The second egg turned out much better
it had boiling water underneath it first. In a way I sort of double
boiled it. I did not have any salt, but they were still good. I used
a little butter as grease(must have borrowed it from someone).
I am left with seven eggs and a good size hunk of cheese for the road.
Im trying to eat most of the food in my pack to make it lighter.
No one seems to know where they want to go tonight, or is very active
at all. Chuck wants to go back to the beach and bum some free food
or beer. Finally decided to move on. Just before the dam, I spotted
some ripe raspberries! Picked a bunch to save to eat with supper.
Made it over the first little half mile D.I.T.Face after the dam crossed
Watauga lake road. Everyone felt hot, so we decided to drop down to
the lake and take a swim, then later move on to the next shelter
Vandeventer - 4.5 or so miles from where we were. Descended down a
steep hill to the lake, realizing we would have to go up it later.
Washed my hair and took a little dip. While lounging around I began
reading Interview with the Vampire, a paperback that one
of the other hikers had finished reading. Had lunch of Pop-Tarts,
Snickers, crackers, cheese and summer sausage. Finally hit the trail
between 1:30 and 2:00 pm and ran into a terrible overgrowth of raspberries
and nettles. Not more than a couple of miles before the shelter I
found Bill sitting on the trail waiting for Jean to come back with
water from a spring down the blue blaze trail .3 miles. Nice cold
clear water, but very long and difficult to get to and back.
the shelter we were treated to terrific views of Watauga Lake and
a little town next to it from behind the shelter. I noticed there
are very many different kinds of fungi on the trail today. I am
fascinated by all the different colors and styles.
Dinner tonight complements of Chucks foodbag -via freebee
care package (Warren Doyles food?). Some unknown seven minute
wonder type freeze dried meal. After we mixed macaroni, rice, butter,
cheese flavoring, & chicken flavoring it was really good, but
there was so much of it Chuck had to boil water a second time to
finish off the package. Straight, or the mixture, either way it
was very good. Desert of chocolate pudding also compliments of Chuck.
Later, I ate the cup of berries I had picked earlier. MMM! What
a treat. I think everyone is trying to feed me so I have to give
them some of my summer sausage. They want me to find out how much
it will cost to get them a stick. Later in the evening, I sat on
the veranda (overlooking rock behind shelter) and drank
in the view below. As it became dark, the lights of the town started
popping out and appeared very beautiful. Decided to go 15 miles
to the next shelter tomorrow - unless the Eastman Tennessee S &
M club hasnt cleared the trail again, and if that is true
then Chuck and Bruce may hitch at Tenn 91.