28, 1981 Thursday From Gonzo!s Appalachian
Got up to an ugly day today. Wet, dripping and cold. The temperature
got warmer & the sun broke about 2:30 pm. Walked around 14 miles
or so today. It was rough! Particularly after lunch, hiking the one
or two miles after Stekoa proved really tough! Saw a lot of wildlife
today a large toad, a Scarlet Tanager, and many kinds of Trilliums.
Some with yellow petals, and my favorite the ones with large
leaves and a flower nodding with large red petals. Really pretty.
I must say my Gorp tastes real good. Made from M&Ms, raisins,
Planters peanuts from a can (expensive), and sunflower seeds.
Had a Snickers bar around 3 pm along with a short break close to a
spring. The terrain was up and down, rocky at times and occasionally
real nice. Sometimes it looked like a medieval forest. Had a spaghetti
mug-o-lunch for lunch & mac & cheese for supper. 8 miles to
Fontana Dam tomorrow.