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[at-l] Postcards from Ron, Linda & Brandon Moak (typo correction; please discard previous mailing)
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- From: "Thomas Moak" <OWENMOAK@msn.com>
- Date: Fri, 20 Jun 97 17:24:45 UT
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Day 0 -- June 14 -- Saturday
Yesterday, after a long flight from Portland, OR, we received a great shuttle
to Amicalola Falls Lodge by Milt Webb (of AT-L mailing list).
Our day didn't end with our arrival at the falls. Around 9:00, shortly before
getting ready to go to bed, a bear was seen in the campground.
We stowed our food in a neighbor's car and tried to sleep. The bear and her
four cubs were being driven around the campground. Around midnight, the bear
showed up below our site. None of us had any interest in sleeping.
Fortunately, a thunderstorm showed up and forced us back under the tarp. Soon
we had no interest in the bear and went to sleep.
The morning broke with continued rain. After breakfast at the lodge we
started up the Approach Trail to Springer. The rain let up a few miles from
We made it to Springer about 1:00 and stuck around an hour before heading to
Stover Creek Shelter. We passed on staying at the shelter and are camped by
the creek in a thicket of
Daily mileage 2.5 Total 2.5
Day 1 -- June 15 -- Sunday
We left this morning around 8:00 after good-byes to a group of scouts who took
over our shelter.
Perfect weather made for great hiking - especially as we walked along the
trail to Three Forks.
After three climbs, we were happy to call it a day when we came to Justus
Creek. I guess we'll just have to spend another evening along side another
beautiful creek. Boy, life can sometimes be hard!
Daily mileage 11.1 Total 13.6
Day 2 -- June 16 -- Monday
No rain in the night, but we awoke to a foggy morning that never burned off.
We were all perfectly happy with the cooler weather for hiking, so no
complaints here. As we walked through more dense thickets of mountain laurel
and rhododendron I remembered some of what I loved so much about hiking the AT
in the South 20 years ago.
We continued over several nameless mountains on the ridge, past Gooch Gap,
then down to woody Gap, where we stopped for lunch at the totally socked-in
The afternoon was more typical Georgia ups and downs over Big Cedar Mountain,
Granny Top Mountain, and Burnett Field Mountain. Home for the night was a
campsite beside the trail at Jarrord Gap. We're all hiking much better then
we expected, so we're only 5 miles from Neel's Gap for tomorrow. We're
rewarding ourselves with 1/2 day off. A bed, shower, ice cream, pop, and
supplies await us.
Linda (Red Rainbow)
Daily mileage 11.7 Total 25.3
Day 3 -- June 17 - Tuesday
It rained in the night, but as usual the tarp kept us cozy and dry. By
morning it was just dripping off trees, but the sun was out. We packed up and
were off before 8:00, our earliest start yet, but not sure if we're destined
for 7:00 A.M. starts as we planned. Oh, well.
We knew Blood as our only climb for the day, but it turned out to be a
beautiful stroll. Just a few short steep stretches, but nothing bad. The
higher we got, the more laurel and rhodies were blooming. It was still sunny
when we got to the stone shelter on top of Blood. We stayed up there for a
while to drink in the atmosphere and the striking, if hazy, views. We headed
off for Neel's Gap just as the fog rolled in.
The 2 miles to Neel's Gap went quickly as we picked our way over the rocks and
boulders. At Walasi Yi Center our supply box was waiting. We picked up other
needed supplies while waiting for a shuttle to Goose Creek Cabins.
Sure glad we're indoors tonight because a major storm system is coming
through, and I'd rather watch it from inside. Right now the rain has stopped
and we're kicking back, enjoying a lazy afternoon at Goose Creek with clean
bodies and clean clothes. Tomorrow we will be challenged again.
Daily mileage 5.4 Total 30.7
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