6 , 1981 Saturday From Gonzo!s Appalachian
Didnt leave camp until almost 10:15 or 10:30am. Pouring
again! Oatmeal for breakfast, and cocoa. I left the shelter walking
with Bruce, and walked down to the road leading to Davenport Gap for
the second time. Past that, the section between the road and Big Pigeon
River was superb. Very scenic. The best part of the trail so far.
Cascade waterfalls that we had to cross several times and parallel
for a mile and a half. Bruce lost his scarf in the brook, but I recovered
it a ways downstream; accidentally running across it hung up on a
limb in the flow. Some of the crossings were precarious, but I managed
to keep my feet quite dry. Pat drenched her feet, as did Chuck. Chuck
stopped for lunch at noon near interstate 40, but I pushed on with
Bruce and Pat. I outdistanced them and ate lunch on what I thought
was the road before Groundhog Creek shelter. I never found the campsite
.5 miles afterwards that I thought would indicate exactly where I
was. Had Pop-Tarts and a Snickers again. Afterwards I pushed on, and
at 3:30pm got to a sign that says Deep Gap shelter -!? I didnt
have the next guide book and did not believe I had passed Groundhog
Creek shelter, so I decided to sit here and wait for someone else
to stroll by. If I have to, I can camp here. Im almost sure
though, that I have not passed it, unless there was no sign.
cool temperature & partly sunny and breezy. Hiked since lunch
with my t-shirt off It was soaked. Feels pretty good. Had
problems earlier with fogging glasses, but after I slowed up, the
problem subsided. I was being super-hooshier for a while and hiking
my ass off. Doing that is very tiring, but I did cover a lot of
ground quickly. Thats why I am sitting here by myself now.
to leave a note and go on. I left one note and traveled down the
trail a few yards when I came across a blue blazed trail. I followed
the trail and found a shelter. I didnt know if it was Groundhog
shelter or not. Went back up and changed the note, telling all to
come down and join me at the shelter. Worked on a fire at the shelter
for a while then decided to yell for some unknown reason. Someone
yelled back! They were finally here. They came down, we looked at
the guidebook and found out Deep Gap shelter and Groundhog shelter
are one-in-the-same. They were glad I had left the note.
two land turtles today, a few salamanders, heard many birds, and
saw a multitude of mushrooms of varying colours. At 6:00 it tried
to rain. Probably will rain later. It did - a little while later.
Had chicken flavored noodles and mixed in cheese sauce, butter buds,and
instant potatoes. We played fish and I managed to wipe out Bruce
and Chuck a few times. The cards were falling just right for me.
Went to bed thinking about the possibility of getting wet from
water dripping from a leaky roof as it poured outside. Three
weeks out today!