I spent last night at Cold Spring Shelter. When I arrived I was just too beat to set up my tent. Turned out well. I had two shelter mates, Stealth (from Indiana) and Super Nova (from Virginia.) This was one of my better nights of sleep. You will see a little bit of the table and a fire pit on the left side of the photo. All the shelters have a table.
At Wesser Bald (mm 130.6) I met up with Pinky. We had met previously at TOG, Muskrat Creek, and Carter Gap. Pinky is a nice kid from Pennsylvania.
The trail is lined with rhododendron and I look forward to sending home pictures of these beauties when they bloom.
It was another difficult day hiking. Just when I thought I was at the mountain top I realized I still had another 5 climbs to go up! Leaving Cold Spring we were at 4,926′ elevation. After several ups and downs, we descended to 1,732′ at Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City, NC.
A sight for sore eyes was my lovely wife as I descended the trail. She brought me a new sleeping quilt/bag and food supplies. After a good review of the quilt, I’ve decided to stay with my mummy bag for the time being. (Sorry Catherine) I’m not convinced the quilt will be warm enough through the Smokey Mountains.
Dinner was at Rivers End restaurant. Even though, off the trail I’ve eaten meals like this one, my wife says I look like I’ve lost 10 lbs. At the trail restaurants, fresh veggie plates seem hard to come by! (Although I did get some okra at Willies – fried, of course) At the restaurant, we met Pinky and it was nice to be able to introduce him to my wife and MIL, Alice. We also gave him a ride to the local C-store to get some supplies.
An A.T. truism, what goes down must go back up. Tomorrow I will hike to a height of 4,391′ before I can call it a day. This ascent is over a 6.6 mile climb. Day after that it will still take another 1.2 miles to reach Cheoah Bald at 5,062′ elevation.
Starting MM 125.6 Cold Spring
Ending MM 137.3 Nantahala Outdoor Center
11.7 miles for the day.
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