This is the Princess posting for Walker. Yesterday afternoon I received the following text from a number I didn’t recognize: “I can’t find my phone in the Sassafras Gap Shelter about seven miles north of the Nantahala Outdoor Center. I hope it’s here in the shelter. If so, I’ll find it in the morning. If it’s not here I must have lost it on the trail. I used it to take a photo on the way up to the shelter. I’m in bad weather conditions (ice storm) but I’m fine in the shelter. I didn’t set up my tent because a lot of limbs and trees are falling. The weather is supposed to be warmer and clear tomorrow. I’ll let you know if I need you to call AT&T to have my phone turned off. So all is okay, don’t worry.”
You need to know that Walker rarely misplaces anything and it’s even rarer that he actually loses something, but I couldn’t figure out why he couldn’t find it if it was in the shelter, so I figured I would be calling AT&T. Alas, he phoned this afternoon saying he found his phone – it was under his sleeping bag. He went on to say that 18 people were packed in a shelter designed for 16 and that it was really messy. (This was his first night not sleeping in his
private room tent.) He said the ice storm was wild!
In case you’re wondering, he uses his phone for calling, texting, checking email (occasionally), writing the blog and taking photographs.
He’s happily hiking along with a group of guys in their 20’s. He’s stocked up on food and is staying at the Hike Inn tonight. Tomorrow they will enter the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and cell phone connections will be sketchy for the next five days.