1 black moth
1 black bird w/ white belly and white beak
We woke up and grandma, papa, GREAT uncle Scott, james and I went to breakfast at this little cute family place. I had eggs over easy, bisket, bacon and hashbrowns (same as Scott and it was good!) Im still a little worried about my ability to do this. Papa and grandma were very sweet and comforting this morning and I really appreciated it. We set out and the climb was actually fun. The environment is starting to change. There was noticeably more birch and pine trees today. The climbs were beautiful as well. Something new to look at when you're going up those mountians is a real distractor. Once we made it to the boarder it felt good to know im finally leaving one state and moving on into the next. North Carolina! Camp was full but no one that interesting tonight. Kinda bummed we didn't get to see lee again. Hopefully we can meet up sometime. Turning in early I guess 7:05 p.m but its chilly out!
1 black and white bird from yesterday
Woke up with a really wet EVERYTHING. The tent had just leaked on us all night long. James was a tad upset with our situation. We knew the rain was going to start again soon for the day so we packed up what we could put our wet clothes on and hiked on until the next shelter. We got to the shelter around 12 and started drying everything out that we could. My foot of my sleeping bag and pad is still damp but I should be warm tonight. At around 3pm 8 more hikers came and tried to sqeeze into the shelter. We already had 6 people in the shelter and a sick guy sleeping on the table. The guide book says the shelter holds 8 but there just isn't any way to fit 8 when you have 4 fully grown people in there already. The older men in the shelter made the girl that was complaining to us about letting her squeeze in shut up about it. She was very disrespectful and rude. What I don't get is the people who came in later said they came in from hiawassee that morning, which meant none of their things were soaked like ours. They knew it was going to storm today, they should have been more prepared or stayed in town. So yeah now I've finally met someone so far on this trip that I don't like. I really hope the sun comes out tomorrow because im so done with being in such a small place with so many people. By james' silence and him rolling his eyes when ever that girl says anything im pretty sure he feels the same. Glad im getting dry and warm. We can all see our breath right now at 5:35pm.
We were the last to leave the shelter at around 10am just so we could stay out of everyones way. We couldn't decide on what shelter we wanted to stop at but we knew that everyone else that stayed with us was planning on heading to Long Branch and we had heard there might be more rain early tomorrow morning. So with a still wet tent we didn't want to camp in it and freeze and there certainly wasn't going to be room at the shelter. So we just walked to Franklin! 20 miles in my feet were starting to hurt BAD and my calves were permanently tensed but I forced myself to walk those last 3 miles. I was so delirious by the time we made it down to the road (8:30pm) that while we were sitting there anything james said was halarious. I laughed until I cried for 30 mins u.till our shuttle came to take us to Sapphire Inn. The guy who runs the place seemed like he and his truck were about to kill over. He told us cool trucker stories. Once he hit a bear that turned out to be a locals bear that he had trained to pose for pictures. The guy he got to fix his truck just so happened to also work as a photographer and he wasn't very happy he had hit his bear! Once we got to our room we took showers and ordered pizza. We stuffed our faces with pizza (of course I spilled my Dr. Pepper) and passed out until around 9:30.
We woke up and ate more pizza took a shower and walked around town a little. We did our laundry and played around the room resewing stuff and making list for shopping. We're just going to and relax today. The Howling Spoons will be hiking on tomorrow!