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Day 111 – 2000 miles!

We stayed in the shelter long enough to confirm that we wouldn’t be seeing the sunrise. Clouds were all around so we hit the trail, 3 miles to New Found Land Gap, a busy parking lot for hikers in the … Continue reading

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Day 110

The stars came out last night and we woke up to blue skies and a sunrise peeking through the trees – hurray! Another 2000ft climb to start the morning then the elevation rollercoaster finally leveled out for us! We got … Continue reading

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Day 109 – Smoky National Park

Before starting today’s post we just wanted to thank everyone for reading, commenting, asking questions, and sending messages and well wishes our way! No luck on the sunrise view despite camping out in the open on a bald. Instead, we … Continue reading

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Day 108

What a great sleep last night. The hostel is a winner. We headed out to breakfast and then picked up our Smokies National Park permits along with more resupply. We decided to take 5 days of food so we can … Continue reading

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Day 107

We started today by climbing Firescald Knob, which came with a warning about how “exposed” it was. Only on the AT would that mean “exposed to the sun” instead of the normal “exposed to cliffs and danger of falls”. Anyways, … Continue reading

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Day 106

Wonderful breakfast at Sunny City Fair (?), possibly the best of the trail. (mk: I had breakfast salad with veggies out of the garden in the backyard!) Then a quick resupply and Tiki drove us back to the trail. As … Continue reading

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Day 105

This morning wasn’t as cold. We hiked about 3 miles up to Big Stamp, where there were several bird blinds, nets, and people doing bird catching and releasing for research purposes. We walked across an open field then up to … Continue reading

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Day 105

This morning wasn’t as cold. We hiked about 3 miles up to Big Stamp, where there were several bird blinds, nets, and people doing bird catching and releasing for research purposes. We walked across an open field then up to … Continue reading

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Day 104

We were up early enough to watch the last of the sunrise, by hurrying out of bed. Then a long descent into Erwin. Almost right away as we went down, we met Brother Tom, setting up trail magic, so we … Continue reading

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Day 103

Another fleece and mittens morning! Although it wasn’t quite as chilly as yesterday. We were hiking by 7:30 – Brown was too cold to wait for us and rocketed onto the trail to warm up. Today was much ridge walking … Continue reading

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