today was a great day! I am very happy that I stayed over at the shelter through the storm. It was a 14 mile day. With a great hike over the highest point on the trail. Clingmans Dome, and it was amazing. The whole trail changed as I entered the high alpine forest. It took me back to when I was in the Pacific Northwest. Like walking through an ancient chrismass tree forest. The smells were like Christmas time. The cool breeze today with such little humidity. As I walked through the Forrest I slowed down to enjoy it. I played my harmonica my pops got me before I left and I think I’m starting to get the hang of it. I also pulled out the jaw harp Mandi got me in Hiawassee ga. Today was just an awesome day. It was beautiful and I was in a great mood.
To top it all off my feet didn’t hurt all day. So now I’m ready to put in some miles. Although, I don’t think I’m gonna get crazy. It was awesome for being able to take breaks and just enjoy the scenery and nature. I am in the group of people that seem pretty cool. Wilson a middle aged guy, a financial advisor I believe, Coed is a 28 year old Jewish guy. Although he looks 20 , and of course there is Benjali who is a mainer with an interesting personality. I like them all as they are easy to get along with. It’s a montley crew indeed. Hahahah. There are a bunch of people at the shelter tonight. It’s the bottleneck as they call it. Everyone’s getting back on the trail after going into Gatlinburg TN to resupply and party. A couple of young guys from the night before left the shelter at 3 am to catch the sunrise on clingmans. And they made it. I was of course bummed because I hadn’t manned up and try myself. Although it will be a good reminder for those moments in the months to come. Well it’s off to bed and another day down. I just hope i start sleeping better.