Days 6 and 7 – Blood Mountain to Neel Gap and Blood Mountain Cabins
Day six began a little earlier again as I was excited to get to civilization. I get most of my gear packed before starting breakfast and coffee. Half portion of oatmeal because I’m headed to real food, which turns out to be frozen pizza purchased at the cabin store, but I’m not complaining.
The first half of the descent of 2.5 miles was a challenge and the second half I carried my trekking poles which I tend to do when I do not think I am going to fall. I wanted a cabin because I thought it was more likely I would get a cabin because of the poor weather.
I stopped at Neel Gap and found Megan and Michelle from Long Island and delivered their first aid kit left behind at Hawk Mountain. Chelsea said I would get trail karma for this.
.2 miles to Blood Mountain Cabins, where I get the hiker rate. The store is not open every day, but if you call and leave a message they will make arrangements to get you in.
Dropped my bag in the cabin: one room, one loft, and one foldaway. Back to Neel Gap for my mail drop. The rest of the night went as seen below.
Day seven: cold pizza for breakfast (my health teacher told me it was a good meal), coffee at the cabin, off to Neel Gap to ship 10 pounds home. I sent an iPad, iPhone lens adapter, waterproof socks, and a bunch of food home. Picked up a headlamp to replace the one I broke and back to the cabin to blog, get ready to leave, and get ready for an early dinner at The Tavern with all retired or retiring soon military.
Returned to the cabin to repair my down coat with KT tape, reinforce my bottle holder, and pack my bags for destination Hiawassee, Georgia.
After this post I’ll be moving to multiday posts to give me a little free time.
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