March 11, 2017
Unicoi Gap, Georgia Mile 52.9 northbound: departed approximately 8:45 a.m. on a beautiful sunny day. Don’t let the steps in this picture fool you … they must have put them there to give hikers the false sense of “come on up, it’s easy!”
The day was good for hiking. Little did we know what was ahead for us.
The weather started to change around 4:00 pm. The sky clouded and the temperature dropped. By the time we reached our destination (Addis Gap mi 63.8) a light snow had begun to fall. When we were almost finished setting up and eating supper the snow intensified and the wind had picked up. It wasn’t nearly as bad as Blood Mountain last year, but it was enough to chill me to the bone even with multiple layers of clothing.
The routine then was to get into our sleeping bags and hunker down for the night. We had a good night even though it was blowing and snowing. I was warm and comfortable. I didn’t sleep real well, but I did get in some good rest. The sleep will come. (I’m praying!)
We awoke to about 2″ (or more) of snow on everything!
DAY 2 — We had breakfast, oatmeal for SlimTim and coffee and an energy bar for me.
What a difference a day can make as we started hiking toward Dicks Creek Gap Mile 68.3.
Enroute, SlimTim broke a trekking pole — the story of the broken pole is his to tell! (I won’t mention the clip on his backpack that I broke today!) So, we have decided to spend the night in Hiawassee, Georgia.
At Dicks Creek Gap SlimTim got two new poles, his backpack repaired (that’s another part of the story better told by Slim Tim). They provided a shuttle to the Hiawassee Holiday Inn. I know what you may be thinking, “they just got started!” — but did I mention that we are old and fragile, and need pampering after last night and today?
The shuttle driver told us that they are predicting single-digit temperatures in the mountains in this area on Wednesday. We are now plotting and planning trying to figure out how to deal with this news. Stay tuned!