Into the Smokies

In the Fontana Bubble


Back on the trail.  I thought the resupply at Fontana was the best yet.  Not a lot of fluff , just practical stuff.   The Village was nice.  Not every place was open but nice.  Had a nice dinner with a bunch of friends and then turned in for the evening in anticipation of getting back to the trail.   Sometime during the night a tree fell on the power line to the lodge, started a fire so we woke up to pitch dark.  The lodge was very kind to offer us a free continental breakfast with hot coffee.

We, Kevin-n-Leah caught the first shuttle to the Dam and headed up into the Smokies.

Walking my own pace

So far I have been able to do right around 10-12 miles a day in the mountains.   Some days 8 seems like enough.   I am convinced I have the slowest pace of anyone on the trail so I try to make up for it by starting early in the morning.   Normally I get to see everyone as they pass me on the trail.   I really am glad as I enjoy my time alone with the trail and my thoughts.   The only downside I see is that I have to carry my pack longer.  To be honest sometimes my pack feels just right, like it is a part of me, sometimes.

I am discovering some interesting things about me.  Not to say there is anything especially interesting about me but that, for example, I  absolutely love being with and talking to my trail friends but find myself overwhelmed by all the traffic and people in town.   It is nice to have a shower and laundry but I find myself longing to hoist my pack back to my back and feel the trail under my feet.   I believe that a huge plus to my pace is that I see more of the little things from the trail.  Anyone who has been following my blog knows I seem to be obsessed with all the hearts I see along the way.  I believe I have seen and placed close to a hundred rock hearts along the trail.  It’s fun for me when someone mentions to me they have noticed them or have begun to find them as well.   I think of them as love from the trail.  I’m sure the world would be a better place if more people were finding love along their path.  Or even better spreading love along their journey through life.

Yesterday was Sunday so that was my sermon.


First I now am over 200 miles down the trail . 

  1. I’m in my 3rd state, Tennessee.   I have, according to some, hung in longer than 25% of those who have started a thru hike.   I have been to the highest point of the AT, Clingmans dome. 

I am now experiencing the absolute magic of the Smokies.   Life is good!

May your legs be strong

May your pack seem light

May you experience a great deal of Peace in your journey

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Comments 2

  • Greg Ward : Apr 5th

    Love that you are finding the heart shaped rocks. I try to find at least one heart shaped rock to take home to my wife on each hike.
    Thirty years of hiking has produced more than a few!

  • CJZ : Apr 6th

    I enjoy reading your posts, and hope that every day of your journey is exactly what you need it to be. Stay well!


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