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Stopped in to do a little shopping and check out the view. Beautiful terrace area.
My BFF convinced me to put down the nursing books today and go for a drive. Amanda says... I saw a sign that said "Hiker Resupply"... that is all I needed to hear. Off we went. All I can say is, YOU ROCK! When you said on your website you were AT before AT was cool... well no false advertising there.
Who else would set up a satellite shop, no conditioned air (hot or cold) , 7 days a week for 2 months, and locate it approximately 40 miles from home base... I'll tell you who...
Three Eagles Outfitters.
Everything you need to resupply. Amanda bought a few things for herself. Jim helped Amanda with her purchase and we were pleased and shocked with the large variety offered in the satellite location. I'm actually jealous... Amanda got a GO GIRL... Did you hear that Shrek? Pout Pout
Visit Three Eagles at their satellite location in Hiawassee during March and April
or visit their main store ~10,000 sq. feet of hiker happiness ~ in Franklin, NC
Three Eagles Outfitters
78 Siler Rd.
Franklin, NC 28734
PHONE: (828) 524-9061
Fiona here... I have always enjoyed the Coosa Backcountry Trail. It never seems to matter how many times we hike it, it always seems different. We tend to pop on and off side trails too, so that makes a difference. We chose the clockwise drection of the loop because we wanted to hit our favorite camping spot. Our "spot" did not fail to please, AGAIN. Such a pretty area near a stream with numerous falls. The sound of the water is so relaxing although it does make it difficult to do any filming. We camped Saturday, explored and wrapped up the hike on St. Patty's Day. Overall, great weekend with my awesome hubby.
Another great day on the A.T.
A nice out and back hike of 9 miles with an elevation change of about 1,000 foot climb.
I am happy... all was not lost on the Spring Break plans. I did get in some camping and A.T. time. Shrek knew just how much this meant to me and he made it happen. We took Donkey with us again and he had a blast splashing in and out of the creek bed. Got to see the trees starting to bud and met some hikers too. It was a short trip but worth every second.
Headed to Amicalola Falls State Park for the 1st day of the ATKO (Appalachian Trail Kick Off) scheduled for March 8-10. Meet lots of great folks... did a little hiking... and gathered some valuable info. Good day!
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work ~ Thomas Alva Edison
Well that about sums up our Grand Spring Break Vacation.
Hold on… rewind a few weeks. Nursing school was wearing thin on my nerves, 16 weeks of curriculum condensed into 8 weeks. 2 days a week of clinical rotations spread over 3 counties in mountainous Western North Carolina. My husband, child, dog, home… all needing my attention. I NEED a vacation. Spring Break in the Appalachian Mountains… here we come A.T.
I have been dying to test our gear on the trail. Shrek has been able to log much more time on the trail than I have due to school obligations. I was busting at the seams to go. The plan was to park one car at NOC and the other at Fontana. Off we go… packed for 4 days on the A.T. Shrek, Fiona, & Donkey, a stalwart team on a whirlwind adventure. Donkey, by the way, is Brutus’ trail name. (although Shrek likes to call him Bear Snack)
Moving on… Late start (Fiona’s fault)…other than that, everything seems to be running smoothly.
Cars are stationed, packs on our backs, and we hit the trail. Donkey is doing great with his pack, he is off his lead, and securely hiking between Shrek & I. It was cold but you could not tell walking Straight Up with 30 lbs. on your back. The snow was thin and most areas of the trail were muddy from melted snow. The snow became thicker almost immediately upon seeing our last hiker come through. It was a picturesque winter wonderland; shimmering icicles and snowflake laden trees. It was simply beautiful and the temperature was “feeling” perfect.
After climbing steadily for an elevation gain of 2,000 feet and only covering 2.5 miles, the sun was sinking beyond the mountains signaling time to make camp. We were approaching a campsite near Walker Gap that had a nice stream for water… perfect. We set up our hammocks and it was time to unveil my newest DIY project… Hammock Compatible Sleeping Bags…. TADA !!!!! I had some old bags leftover from the kids’ slumber party days so I fashioned them into bags for the hammocks as a test run prior to investing in goose down for the final DIY. (Shrek sewed his own)…
Moving on… we made dinner, did a little star-gazing, and were in our hammocks before 8:00pm; frozen solid by 8:15pm. After many declarative terms we broke camp. We were back to the car by 1:00am. I left the bags in the garbage cans at the shuttle phone / restrooms for Fontana Dam. All in all Spring Break over quicker than it began.
Mistake #1 – elevation charts v. starting time v. mileage to1st shelter
Mistake #2 – believing that we know more about weather than Mother Nature
Mistake #3 – not paying heed to Facebook postings concerning hikers being cold from all the snow and crappy weather.
Are you seeing a pattern?