1 strange colored bird, calico like
I tried to sleep in today and couldn't. We got free breakfast with the room but I could only make myself eat a donut. We packed up our things and headed out around 12:30. We moved slowly and took lots of breaks. We got some trail magic towards the end of the day. Then we hiked backwards on the trail to a cool campsite. I didn't sleep very good in tye bed last night. I guess Im getting used to the tent. I definately know Im going to sleep good tonight.
3 black and white birds
1 purple moth
We won up and got trail magic from the same guy. I hiked a little while with Doctor today in between gaps. We talked about where we were from and interesting things that we have both eaten. Apparently boiled camel is really gross. I believe Doctor has seen a lot of crazy stuff. I didn't expect to see so many army people out here but I guess it makes since. Being out here is a happy medium between disciple and the real world. We got to walk through sore really cool spruce and pine trees again. I just love thatch smell. We stopped the day a little shorter than planned but its probably for the better. We also got to eat a murels. They are really ugly looking mushrooms and have a really weird texture but we fried them in my cook pot and they were actually really good. James ate some ramps too. Ramps are little onions. Im super tired.
1 chipmunk (encounter)
3 black moths
I woke up late and I let James sleep in just so I could lay there and not do anything for a little while. We went up a huge mtn the over some beautiful balds. Were going to resupply tomorrow. I wish I had signal. We sleeping next to a huge red barn on a hill side over looking a beautiful valley. I don't think Ill ever sleep in a more beautiful place. The stars just rested over the valley. Today a chipmunk ran right in front of me and jumped on a log to my left and just froze. Its lines of color were so perfectly shaped. I've never seen a chipmunk that close before. Got new sunglasses before I left Erwin because Heathers broke:( My pack is destroying sunglasses!
Happy Cinco de mayo!
We got going and went over more beautiful balds before heading into town to get a resupply. When we got to Mountian Harbor hostel we paid the lady 10 bucks to take us into town to get some food. She was very rude to everyone in our group except James. We refueled and left. The guys all carried beer out of town. We hiked passed a guy half passed out and laying a foot off trail. He then told us very slowly that he had drank 24 beers and started drinking around 5:30am... I walked as fast as I could away from him. Later we found out that the guy was a meth head that started hiked with his sponsor but later ditched him. We got to camp which was off a side trail next to a big creek with a feild. We all made our Mexican dinners we carried. We had chips, queso, quesadillas cooked on a rock in the fire and mexican rice. I made a quesadilla and opened it and put the rice with some cheese in it. It tasted like outdoor tacobell! Now were all laying around talking about Katadin. I just know that the last few minutes before I can touch the sign are going to be the most epic moment.
1 dog (champ)
2 black and blue butterflies
3 black and yellow butterflies
1 bunny rabbit
Everyone slept in a little today but then 2 people got up and headed for a hostel 18 miles away. I didn't think that I was really up to do that much today. We saw TONS of streams and creeks today. We sat near a waterfall and ate lunch and took a break. We met Naffles and Champ. Champ is a really sweet Shelfie. The terrain on the map looks really easy but it kicked my butt today. The group NEVER sticks to a plan so they all want to keep going tomorrow. Im ready for a zero, my EVERYTHING hurts. James found a blaze from a fallen down tree today! We're going to send it home as soon as we can. We're not really telling anyone because we don't know if its legal to have it or not. So tonight we're going to camp at Black Bear Resort and get some hostel food and a shower. I also watched Joe Dirt for the first time tonight.
6 yellow butterflies
2 yellow, black and grey birds
4 black moths
James and I woke up late and the group headed out. We were still hurting from the past few days we decided to zero. We think that the group is great but very aggravating and we want to enjoy the trail more and killing oursleves to keep up with a group isn't necessary. We'll see them again at Trail Days anyways. We got some breakfast from the store and did our laundry but I forgot my socks so oops. The lady let me throw them in with some other things she needed to wash. We watched Don't mess with the Zohan which made me miss Danielle ALOT. We made a trip to Subway and the gas station. James fixed the computer enough to barely use facebook while I watched Jeff Dunham and relaxed. Later we walked down the street and laid down on a rock with our toes in the water. We watched clouds roll by and we made them into things. We played Rummikub for a few hours and then later watched Scary movie. After here we're planning on taking it slow and enjoying the trail a bit more until Trail Days. At this rate if we do 10 mile days everyday we would still be 3 days early. We have to do a huge mtn tomorrow and I heard that its got flat in its name but there's nothing flat about it. However it will make for a good 10 mile day after laying around for a day. I think I'm ready to take a different look at the trail. Trekking on tomorrow with a late start. Ill be sleeping well tonight!
27 yellow and black butterflies
4 black and blue butterflies
1 orange and black butterfly
2 emerald beetles
Woke up a little later and played Rummikub on the picnic tables, took another shower and headed out. We went to a really beautiful waterfall today. On tthe guide it says to not swim too close to the falls because the whirlpools will suck you in. We however only stuck our feet in the water and ate lunch. After a couple of miles we stopped next to a stream and relaxed a little before going over Pond Flats Mtn. It was a little rough at first but we just took our time. For such a huge elevation change it was very disappointing to get to the top and there wasn't a view point. Rambler was definatley right. There wasn't anything flat about it. Were camping near the lake tonight and there are some rowdy locals camped across the trail from us. They even road a dirt bike down the trail (illegal)! Listening to the rednecks party is halarious. I hope I get some good sleep tonight. Ner na ner na ner na ner!
7.5 miles (woo!)
12 black and blue butterflies
3 yellow and black butterflies
1 lizard that looked similar to a bearded dragon. 6 inches long
1 misbehaved dog (Kimberly)
The walk uphill from the lie was quiet nice we saw all kinds of views of Watauga Lake. I really don't like the guy with the dog named Kimberly. She is trained for pointing out fish in the water and the guy stores his electronics in his dogs pack! The dog jumps in all water it sees and just runs all over the place tearing up tent stakes and barking at everything and everyone no matter what. NOT A TRAIL DOG! It started to rain a little as we set up the tent and tried to cook dinner but it tappered off and let us eat. I ate a whole box of Mac n cheese for dinner and Im still hungry. I think when we pick up food tomorrow Im going to pack out ALOT of food. Uno time!
3 dogs (1 husky named Connor)
Woke up and waiting until in-between sprinkles to pack up our things and head out. The rain just threatened for most of the day but never really came down. We met an older man yesterday named Bushwacker and hes quiet interesting. He likes to make people think hes crazy but hes just having fun. He cracks me up. We got a ride from the campground people at the road into town. We refueled at the 421 the snake country store. Once we got back to the trailhead a guy told us about trail magic in the cow pasture we were about to enter. About .6 of a mile down the trail several tents were set up and I was immediately handed a beer and snacks. We had finally run into the infamous trail magic of Rift-Raff. These guys all thru-hiked and have joined together in a fraternity like group and give back the trail magic they received when they were through hiking. The group has been doing this for 9 years. We sat around singing, dancing, talking and trying to find a place to go to the bathroom in the middle of a cow pasture. Its 10:30 and Im exhausted and James is snoring..Lol
2 yellow butterflies
Laid in bed for awhile then migrated out of the tent for more free food. These people have set us up with food, snacks and drinks. Its been great zeroing here. We played lots of polish horseshoes and Frisbee. James and I walked a little ways away from the group and laid down and made the clouds into things. We almost both fell asleep in laying in the feild. Everyone is singing the National Anthem right now. ONLY on the AT will you find 30 people singing a song all the way through and no one knows who started singing first. Heading out tomorrow, its a loud party tonight its going to be hard to sleep.
3 yellow and black butterflies
7 blue and black butterflies
Woke up around 8 and packed up. We ate sausage and mustard sandwich things and left Riff-Raff. I haven't slept the past two nights very well. We walked today like most days. Were both super exhausted today. Were going to bed at 8:05. Hopefully will sleep tonight. ZzzzzzzzzzZzzzzz
5 yellow butterflies
22 black and blue butterflies.
Came into Damascus VA around 1:30 pm today. Finally in a new state! Virginia is super long though. He hills were pretty easy coming in. Im definately getting spoiled by these low mile days. OH found us as soon as we walked into town and introduced us to a really nice couple (.com and Figit) that is going to let us stay in her yard for free for trail days. Nothing is really going on in town yet. We ate at the blue blaze cafe and it was pretty good but pricey. We asked Fidget if he had any good books and he let us borrow The Age of Reason. It pretty cool. It combines all the philosophers of the 17th centuries ideas and compares them.
5 yellow butterflies
2 blue butterflies
3 boring town birds
We woke up and went through the outfitters that were set up and then ate at the coffee shop. We later went down the Virginia Creeper Trail. It was 19 miles on a bike from White Top Mtn down into Damascus. 11 miles of it counts for the AT and we may even walk it out of town instead. The bike ride was really fun and scary. I haven't really been on a bike since I flipped over mine and got poison ivy on my face a week later. I eventually felt comfortable with the bike and James and I raced most of the way down. I felt like a little kid on a bike again just trying to go as fast as I could without crashing. It was a blast going 7 mph instead of 2.5 mph. When we got back to town we slacklined in the park and made a few friends while others tried to walk ok it. One guy racked himself and never tried again. We hung out with OH and his girlfriend? Until we almost fell asleep in the yard. Trail days is so close. This is going to be huge.
Woke up early and went to get our free showers. The weather was shitty all day so the vendors never really set up. We hung out trying not to get wet in between free meals. We ended up falling asleep around 7:30 pm. People started to come back from tent city around 12 and it was really loud for about an hour. Miss Janet dropped some guys off right outside our tent and they stood there and talked for awhile. Looks like Quiet Time at trail days is NEVER.
1 yellow butterfly
Woke up ans walked through the vendors and then made a walk to Dairy King for some more sandwiches. On our way to the drawings for the various vendors we walked through the traveling AT museum that was in one of the many churches basements. This town have 8 churches 0 traffic lights and about 800 people. Damascus usually expects about 20 thousand people for every Trail Days in this little town. I won a pair of trekking poles and James won a sleeping pad from Kelty. Were sending them home because were not very sure of the durablilty but we know that we can sell them later. We walked our friend Big Haus' dog (Amber-jack Russell mixed with some other kind of terrier) around town for awhile. We both want a dog so bad James actually looked on craigslist for Damascus trail dogs. Later we hung out with OH and Tasha in their castle. (10 man tent bought just for trail days).
5 dogs (I don't recount dogs I've already seen FYI)
1 crane fly/gross grasshopper - encounter (was in my lap last night by the fire and I slung it off my lap)
Woke up and walked through the vendors again picking up more tickets for tthe drawings. We ate at blue blaze again and picked up our stuff sacks from the outfitters we ordered. We didn't win anything else. All the old women or fat people won the outdoor bed that we both have had our eye on since they came out. Its a shame they probably won't be used by those winners. We got free hotdogs and walked back to the vendors to wait for the parade to come by. The hiker talent show was going on which was so entertaining that I didn't realize until an hour later that the parade didn't really happen. A couple of people walked advertising their business and the firetrucks went by but their wasn't a water fiht between the citizens watching the parade and the hikers walking in the parade because it was so cold the hikers didn't even walk in the parade for fear of getting only pair of clothes wet. We later ran into Captian Planet and followed him to his camp in tent city. We had a few drinks and wondered around in tent city. The woods behind the field were filled with camps. There was probably 20 thousand people in tent city alone. We went and checked out the famous drum circle. The fire pit was about 10 feet in diameter 5 feet high and 3 feet deep of coals. They were throwing logs in the fire that were about 6 feet long and 3 feet wide. Everyone was dancing, screaming, and howling. It was like watching a tribal dance on tv expect everyone was intoxicated of some sort and no one had a clue what was going on. One person would start a howl and about 50 more people started in. It was an experience! We made it back to our tent around 1:30 and were very glad we got to sleep in a quiet yard instead of loud ass tent city!