After two days of laying on the couch watching cosmos we set out at 9:30 this morning. The muscle in my leg that controls the angle that my foot is at was extremely tight and painful today. It felt like double Charlie horses in both legs. Just standing hurt. BUT I just took 4 pain killers and kept walking. I could tell James was actually starting to feel tired by the end of the day today. We ended up catching up with parts of a group we were with before. Captian America, the British guys and the school group. There was snow on the ground ffor most of the day today. There still is some on the ground now in places slightly hidden from the sun all day. Its going to be a cold night but I still prefer the tent over the shelter. Im glad we did too because some guy messed up his leg and was yelling for help and James went and helped him walk to the shelter. The guy said he had problems with his ACL before coming out. The guy was collecting firewood and the branch he was holding onto broke and he came down on his leg wrong. I wouldn't know what to do if I hurt myself. Being hurt out here is serious. Calling for help was very smart he was lucky he was so close to a shelter. Turning in for the night.
1 black and white bird
I didn't want to be out of the sleeping bag this morning it was so comfy. Once we got going this morning I was doing a lot better than yesterday. We stopped at Spence Feild Shelter for lunch in a big feild under a tree and relaxed as we were sitting there I heard a really loud running noise coming towards us! I started to worry because what ever it was it was definately bigger than the squirrels and birds I've been listening to lately. 3 horses 2 within rangers on top of them came trotting around the corner and got off their horses. The one guy on the horse im assuming was the owner of the horses because he told us everything that was going on when the rangers ran off down the path towards the shelter. Apparently some dude hauled off and punched a 14 year old girl in the face. The people in the shelter made the guy stay there over night and the three hours it took for the rangers to make it on horseback over the mountians to arrest him. That man will never be allowed in the smokey mtn park again. These rangers are super strict. I heard from my aunt that she knew a guy that was kicked out of the park for life because he was hiking without a permit. I had an oversized laffytaffy today and I've decided that no child should ever be given one of those. I had half of mine and I practically flew over the mtn! We got to camp (derricks knob shelter) at around 5:30 and we set up. I washed up in the stream while James made mtn house meal. (Not meant to share-out im still hungry!) I love this sleeping bag. I think that james and I are laying in a tent full of 34 birds. Being this warm is amazing when everyone else is so cold. We could hear coyotes last night, I wonder if we will tonight.
Woke up to a grey day today. We can't expect the weather to be perfect everyday! We got going around 9:30 which is slightly earlier than we have been getting up lately but we were still the last people to leave today. We've been hiking over beautiful balds for a couple miles now and today it changed to big Christmas tree like pine trees and moss coving everything. The Smokies are so beautiful. We hiked striaght up today and one point and I didn't care because I wanted to know what was around the next turn in the trail. We got to Clingmans Dome and were bombarded by tourist. I must have heard 15 different languages today on top of the tower. People were looking at us wondering why homeless people were walking down from the mountian! We were starting to smell pretty bad. Scott came and picked us up and we got pizzas on the way home. We devoured the pizza and took showers. Now laying down for the tv and super sleepy time! ZzzZzzz!