Muskrat to Carter Shelter

7 May 2017

AT Miles – 93.6
Today – 12.5
Time – 6.33hr
Speed – 1.97mph

This morning started off way too cold.  It was very cold last night, but the EE Revelation Quilt worked out great.  I did put on some additional layers just to help, but I stayed warm all night. Thank You Enlightened Equipment.

The trail culture is….let’s say different.  It’s a lot like normal society…just a snapshot of it really.  So along with society, you get all kinds of interesting events.

I would just like to put it out there….if you choose to smoke the wacky weed, please do it away from those of us who don’t.  Just show a little respect for those who don’t.

Today, I met Peter Pan at the Carter Gap shelter.  Nice guy who’s doing some section hiking along the AT.  He hails from St Agustine FL.


The hike today was uneventful but beautiful…

You know you’re hiker trash when…


…You dry your wet clothes on a log.

I ended my day eating a fav — Idahoan Potatoes.  It’s for a family of 4 — don’t judge me…it was good!


The evening ended with a lively discussion.  I guess I haven’t decompressed enough after a week on the trail.  I’m not sure I fit into the hiker culture.  I’m an outsider of this world…more than I expected.   I guess we all bring baggage along on our hike that’s not in our pack.

Working on me…

POSITIVITY…I’m working on it.

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Comments 1

  • Peter Pan : May 10th

    It was so nice to meet you at Carter Shelter, and I really enjoyed the “lively discussion”, it was quite entertaining. I don’t think any one person fits the “trail culture”, I think we all just add to it, so don’t think of your self as an outsider, just adding to the culture. I hit the NC border then turned around and made it back to Deep Gap where I was lucky to hitch a ride back to my car. Back to work today but wishing to be on trail.

    Good luck to you and enjoy your time off trail.

    – Peter Pan


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