I’ve been on the trail for over a month now and can’t believe how fast time is flying by. This is turning into one of the greatest experiences of my life and I only expect it to get better.
I was asked the other day what my favourite part of the trail has been so far. The answer was actually quite easy to come up with and it’s definitely Max Patch. I spent a couple of hours up there, cooked myself some dinner and watched the sun go down as a crazy storm circled. It never actually passed over the bald, so I was left dry and able to take some beautiful photographs. While I was sitting there eating my delicious Ramen noodles, I thought back to a funny video I had watched last year. The girls in the video are Wags and Gangsta, I followed both of their online journals as they did their own thru hikes. I learned a lot from both of them, but there’s definitely one strong message I took away at the end of their journey and that’s to have fun, no matter the situation. If you’re considering a thru hike I would recommend giving their journals a read.
You can find white blazes in the strangest places.
Snow White, Roaring Lion and Cowboy.
Headed to a warm bed after a cold week in the Smokies.
My temporary office at Standing Bear Farm.
Cedar Tree, inventor of the Packa.
Hikers leaving Max Patch.
Circling storm on Max Patch.
I decided to cook myself some dinner up on Max Patch, as I set up my stove a storm started to blow in but it circled fully around me, leaving me nice and dry.
The trail passes right through the town of Hot Springs, it’s strange walking on concrete!
A sign of spring? I’m not holding my breath.
Another hint of spring.
Sometimes we even walk on roads.
Sweet Potatoes, Tin Man, Half Pint. Yes, those are croquet mallets.
Hiking up Big Bald.
Sweet Potatoes stuck in the snow. Not a good day to be wearing a skirt!
Recovering at Uncle Johnny’s Hostel.
A beautiful sight.
Drinking some beer and talking with DMax, my second trail angel.
Snow White enjoying her dinner.
Sunset, my favourite time to hike.
A rare, fully enclosed shelter. If I would have know how horrible the next day was going to be, I would have stayed in bed.
Roaring Lion performing blister surgery on Snow White.
Rocker and 40oz
The result, a piece of thread through the blister, so the puss will drain.
You sleep above the animals at Mountain Harbour Hostel.
Snow White at Mountain Harbour Hostel.
Start of a crazy night hiking.
Welcome to Damascus, home of Trail Days.