Total Miles: 165
Another beautiful day. No rain and clear skies. My favorite!!
The morning started with a huge climb called Jacob’s ladder… It went vertical. Such an intense climb, stopping a few times was a must.
Felt ok for the first half and then my feet and blisters were on fire. My left pinky toe nail is very likely to come off. 😬
I’ve come to the decision that I either need bigger shoes or a different pair all together.
I pushed on anyways to make it to Fontana Dam.
A mile or so before the shelter there was a picture and words and boots with pebbles inside laying out.
The note asked hikers to carry a pebble for her husband James to the end of their hike and send a picture to her. Her husband loved the AT and had done a few sections but planned to through hike in 2016 after he retired but was diagnosed with cancer in 2014 and passed away in 2015.
Of course I picked out a pebble as this touched my heart.
James.. You and I will complete our dreams together.
There are tent areas made flat on concrete..There are fully functioning restrooms..
How awesome is that? And the water was hot. Absolutely perfection. I cannot complain.
On top of that… We have a beautiful view of the lake.
I got a good yoga sesh in and plan to wrap my blisters good. Hopefully my dogs can last till either the next town or till I am close to the next Rei which is in Knoxville.
Oh yeah… Sweetheart made it to this shelter as well. He is a hoot.
Enjoying the sunshine.
Iz and Oz