Georgia complete, now on to North Carolina!
Georgia portion, completed!
Since my last post, I’ve completed the 78.2 miles of the Georgia portion of the AT, and am now working my way through North Carolina! The most difficult section in Georgia for me was from Woody Gap to Neel Gap, which included Blood Mountain. It was a must to complete that portion of the trail in one day to avoid the need for a bear canister. The bear canister is rather bulky, and is required only if you spend the night at a shelter or camp site along that section. Throughout the rest of the AT you can simply hang a bear bag to ensure your food is out of reach of the bears. It was such a relief to reach Neel Gap and reunite with a couple of fellow thru-hikers. There was an outfitter store at Neel Gap that offered a wide selection of equipment and supplies, coupled with a knowledgeable staff.
After lots of thought of a trail name that best captures my personality, I established Half-full as my trail name. I tested it out with a couple of the fellow hikers and they thought it was a good one indeed. My optimistic outlook has helped me conquer more than one obstacle along the trail.
The people on the trail
One of the most interesting aspects of hiking the AT is the all of the different people that you encounter. There are people from all walks of life hiking the trail. Some have just finished school, are retired, or are just taking a break from their current situation to experience more in life. I have personally met people from all over the U.S., Germany, Brazil, Great Britain, and Australia. Everyone is united by the journey, which creates a nice atmosphere where people are willing to help one another as needed. Even though the majority of the day I spend hiking at my own pace, as evening rolls around we end up with a group of hikers at a shelter or campground. There we share our experiences and plans for the next portion of our journey. It is simply amazing to me that people you meet will phase in and out of your trail journey at different times. Some folks that stand out are Marco, who was hiking the trail in his bare feet; and Papa Slow, who was hiking from VA to Springer Mountain and back. Everyone’s journey isn’t different, but we all share the same path. There are day hikers, weekend hikers, section hikers, and thru-hikers. The majority thus far have been north bound, but I am encountering more south bounders as time goes on.
Can you identify this flower?
I found this flower blooming along the side of the trail in Georgia.
Till next time, remember to live in the moment.
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