We have liftoff – Day 1 

9.0 Miles, 26,196 steps, 320 stories climbed

Day one is in the books! I hiked the approach trail from Amicalola Falls. A rough way to start, over 600 stairs in the first mile with another 1000′ incline the rest of the way.

The weather was in the mid 40s with a constant fog and drizzle (it is now pouring but I’m in the shelter right now, so it’s rather soothing).

The falls were a very beautiful sight, the pictures aren’t that great thanks to the dew but I’m glad I do the approach. For the most part, the trail was muddy, slowing things down but I still managed to reach my goal of the Springer Mt.  shelter.

While hiking the falls, I met an Indian gentleman day-hiking the falls with his family. He asked me how far I was going and then marveled when I old him Maine. He shook my hand and wished me luck and as I was about to part, he gave me a big thumbs up and said to me “This is the life!”  I have to agree (let’s see if I still feel that way when I wake up all stiff).

Not too far from the Springer Mt. Shelter there was a very eerie sight and probably not the best thing to see on the first day. I came across a hiking pole alone in the middle of the trail. Then I came across an abandoned backpack filled with gear. I looked around and didn’t see anyone. Later on at the shelter everyone else had seen the same thing and even worse there was a shelter right by it filled with abandoned camping gear. Authorities were notified but none of us have any idea what the hell happened.  I really hope everything is okay.   This was a humbling reminder that we are not invincible. Still, we need to hike on.

Now I’m off to stuff my face and relax with a good book and some music.  Good night everyone!

10 thoughts on “We have liftoff – Day 1 

  1. So glad to hear from you. I’ve been following your trail hikes from the e-mail you sent. It’s more accurate than the facebook one which seems to be hours behind. It’s difficult to hear that you spent some nights freezing. I worry about that alot and pray you’re not hungry or hurt. I can’t wait for months from now when you’re home relating your adventure to me & dad. Please know how much we love and miss you, and how proud we are of you always.

    1. The pancakes will definitely be talked about, but they didn’t happen ’till day 3. This was a blog from Day 1. He was writing them and not publishing them because he couldn’t upload pictures, but now he doesn’t want to wait. We’ll just add the pictures later on. 🙂

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