April 16, 2017, Damascus, VA

posted Apr 17, 2017, 5:43 PM by Web Master   [ updated Apr 17, 2017, 5:43 PM ]
I'm writing this while my laundry dries, in Damascus, VIRGINIA!! I'm back on schedule after 3 grueling days - 37 1/2 hrs on the trail and 83 miles further north.th

It seemed to take forever yesterday to reach town - I think because of the anticipation. It's surprising what a hot shower, clean clothes, and real food does for a body!

Since leaving Erwin, TN, I climbed the last of the 6000' peaks, at least until NH. Have had great weather, al‎though 2 days ago it hit 83+ degrees. That's a little warm for a grueling hike - especially if the humidity is also high. That means more time harvesting water - unproductive time!

Have split times between staying in shelters and in my tent. The first is more social, but makes it hard to leave early‎ w/o disturbing others. On the other hand, I'm not having to take down and pack the tent. A couple of nights ago I was camping all alone just off the trail (stealth camping). After talking with Connie, I went out to brush my teeth before going to bed. I had my first encounter with a larger animal - a doe wandered in to graze, 30 feet away. She wasn't fazed,0so neither was I. The following day I had to hike further than planned because 5 or 6 miles of trail was restricted to no camping or cooking due to bear activity. Other than the occasional sign of scat, no evidence of bears. I have heard coyotes a couple of times early in the morning.

Will add a couple of photos. The dam is Watauga Dam and Lake. Nice area, but bear country! The other photos are of the sign for Jones Falls and the falls themselves. Neat!!

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