18.9 miles, 50,823 steps, 658 stories climbed
334.9 miles, 927,889 steps, 9229 stories climbed
Trail Magic Moments: 15
So…about the fight yesterday between winter and spring…well it seems there was a late development. It seems that after the match winter caught up to spring in the parking lot, gave spring a swift kick between the legs, took the championship belt and beat spring over the head with it.
After all the snow had melted and I feel a sleep in my tent last night, I was suddenly awoken by a loud thud on my tent. It took me a minute to realize that it was snow falling off the trees on to my tent. I then noticed how the shape of my tent was distorted. I started slapping at the walls of the tent from the inside and could see the snow slide down the sides. I woke up a few times to shake snow off my tent.
When I woke up the snow wasn’t as bad as I thought. It had snowed another 2-3 inches but it was definitely unexpected. My boots were frozen stiff and my hands went numb from breaking down my tent but not long into the hike I started to warm up.
Soon into the hike I get to a road I have to cross. I hear a bunch of dogs barking in the distance and two are on the road sprinting towards me. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect and no one was around so I got my hiking poles ready for a fight but they just got close and kept barking so I ignored them and kept walking.
The views were beautiful waterfalls and snow covered mountains with the snow covered branches. Beautiful views but the weather was confusing.
I had a bunch of layers on and a number of times I felt as if I should stop and remove some before I started to sweat but then the cold would come again and I no longer felt the urge to remove any layers.
Now, while where I slept only had about 2-3 inches of snow there were certainly points when I was hiking through a foot of snow!!! It was a bit crazy. Some of the branches had inches of snow stuck to them. The trees were frozen and every time the wind blew there was a combination of the sound of chimes as the frozen branches clanged together and also the occasional bang as the wood on some of the tree started to give way. There were a couple of times I was concerned that a tree might fall but it luckily never happened.
When I finally get to the shelter there was a section hiker named Pete. He’s been hiking sections of the trail in the south for almost 30 years. He made some cheddar, jalapeño stuffed hot dogs and passed them around for everyone to eat as he played some Grateful Dead music on some portable speakers at a rather low volume.
I enjoyed the hot dogs and hurried up and filled my belly with some hot food and then switched to some hot chocolate because man is it cold out!