Day 49

Day 49

Jenny Knob Shelter To Doc’s Knob Shelter

Miles Hiked: 24

AT Milage: 627.6

Today I woke up around 7am and was pretty lazy about getting ready so I didn’t start hiking until after 8. I called my mom and talked to her for the first hour or two of my hike. I crossed a cool looking suspension bridge before I reached Dismal Falls where I sat down for a lunch break. Emma and Crunchy caught up to me and they ended up swimming in the swimming hole beneath the falls. I had no desire to jump in the cold water. I was already hiking in wool pants and a turtle neck I was cold. It is nice that the weather has cooled down for a few days. I’m expecting a week straight of rain but it just hasn’t come yet. I hiked 6 more miles over really flat terrain to the next shelter. It was the flattest part of the trail that I have seen so far but I didn’t enjoy it that much. It was way too rocky and rooty for me. During the 6 mile flat section I had to go pee about every 20 minutes. I was so frustrated I tried to pee with my pack on. I did it successfully but it wasn’t enjoyable. I just have to laugh that I finally gave it a try. I once heard that being able to pee with a pack on is something you learn to do on a thru hike.

I stopped at Wapiti Shelter to rest my feet and eat some food. Emma and Crunchy came in behind me and ate too. Next I climbed about 700 feet to the top of the ridge I walked on the rest of the night. I enjoyed the climb much better than the flat part. The last part of my hike was through a ton of rocks. My least favorite. I put on my crocs to try and make things better. At the shelter Flamingo, Cocoa, and Flip were there too. I set up my tent and almost immediately fell asleep. My body is telling me it’s time for a rest.

Happy Trails!

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