Sun and Moon and Rain and Sun
So many stories; so little time to write!
Biggest news is that we have our trail names: Chris is Butter Meister and I am Snowy Owl. Bodhi is sometimes known as Wigglebutt but mostly everyone knows him as Bodhi. And I mean everyone. We’ll roll into a hostel or shelter and everyone shouts “Bodhi’s here.” I guess that’s what it’s like traveling with a celebrity.
Trail Magic Is Real!
Every few days the trail crosses a road and different groups set up specifically to provide food for thru-hikers. The first one we encountered was a Baptist church pastor with a full spread of every kind of snack cake, cookie, granola bar, chips, and the best hot chocolate liberally laced with half-n-half.
As we descended into Unicoi Gap we were greeted by a cadre of college students grilling hamburgers with all the fixings. They were astonished that Bodhi had never had a hamburger and quickly rectified that deficit.
Today we were greeted by the Kentucky Krew, a small family set up in Dick’s Creek offering hot dogs wrapped in a pancake (instead of a bun) garnished with peanut butter & a bit of honey. Delicious!
While we mostly stayed in our tent, we did take spend a few nights in a trail shelter to avoid the rain. Imagine lying shoulder to shoulder in a 3-sided wooden structure with rain pouring down & the shelter mice scurrying around you.
We also slept twice at Around the Bend hostel – the first time in a tiny cabin and tonight (4 days later) in an antique VW bus!
Of course we’re experiencing sore muscles, soggy boots, and some shivering temperatures. All that quickly fades as we crest a mountain to truly amazing vistas. On Tray Mountain we were sitting around the campfire when someone said “look.” The moon was rising in the East while the sun was setting in the West. That was the true trail magic.
If you made it this far, drop a note in the comments if only to say “hey.” In the next couple days we’ll cross the border into North Carolina & it may be a bit before I can post again. Happy trails!
This website contains affiliate links, which means The Trek may receive a percentage of any product or service you purchase using the links in the articles or advertisements. The buyer pays the same price as they would otherwise, and your purchase helps to support The Trek's ongoing goal to serve you quality backpacking advice and information. Thanks for your support!
To learn more, please visit the About This Site page.