This morning at about 9:00 I passed from my home state of Georgia into North Carolina (see photo). “Staff”, one of the 20-somethings that I met last night at Plum Orchard Gap was there getting water from a spring and I was able to pass the milestone with him. He is hiking with “Oxy” who had enjoyed some of the brownies that the Princess dropped at the Mountain Crossings hostel when we passed through there last Tuesday.
Last night I enjoyed a conversation between two owls. They have a very distinctive call. I also heard a large branch fall during the night which reminded me not to camp under trees with dead branches.
There was a beautiful sight this morning…as I walked along a high ridge I could see below me in the distance a thick low fog over either Lake Hiawasee or Lake Chatuge. Unfortunately I could not get a clear shot for a photo.
Right at lunchtime I came off a mountain into Deep Gap and experienced my second trail magic. Three ladies, one from Georgia and two from South Carolina, had driven over a hour and a half from their homes to set up trail magic. It was a terrific spread (see photo) and it was perfect timing for me since I wasn’t planning on much more than a chocolate Easter Bunny and a Clif Bar for lunch. I enjoyed watermelon, guacamole dip, honey baked ham, brownies, and a Mountain Dew. (I can’t believe I’ve had both a Mello Yellow and a Mountain Dew in the past few days.)
The other notable event of the day was that I passed over my first 5000 foot mountain – Standing Indian Mountain which is at 5498 feet.
Tonight I’m camped at Carter Gap Shelter at mile 93.9 on the trail, so tomorrow I’ll pass the 100-mile mark which is on Albert Mountain which is at 5250 feet.
The weather was perfect for hiking today and is supposed to be even better tomorrow so I’m looking forward to another great day of hiking.