Appalachian Trail 2016

Unicol to Sassafras Gap

By on March 8, 2016

After taking a zero day in Helen, GA we were eager to get back out on the trail.

Our original plan was to make it to Tray Gap Shelter a moderate 5.7 miles and because I loved camping at Tray Mountain in 2014 and I was looking forward to staying there again.  After making the climb following a day off, I was eager to be finished with our day, even though it was early.

We snapped the picture above and sent to our families. I immediately received a message from my mom asking “Why is your face so red. Lotion or sunscreen?”  I replied back with “Because I just climbed 1500 feet and I sweated off my sunscreen”. Gotta love our moms!

As we left the top of the mountain a man appeared out of nowhere and scared the crap out of both of us. He had on a special forces ball cap and hanging from his side was a hatchet and a nice sized knife. 3-Mile being his usual self-struck up a conversation with the man. He asked where we were going and proceeded to walk with us to the shelter. He informed us that he had been camping in the woods for several days and was the head of his own Georgia Militia Unit.  I think he was lonely and probably very nice…… BUT!!!! both our guts told us to “keep on moving”, “keep on moving”

We made it to the shelter to find the Vagabond Family there and decided that all of us would push on another 4.7 miles to Sassafras Gap for the night. We bid farewell to the interesting militia man and off we went. After mentally preparing for a short day, I was physically and mentally exhausted by the time we reached the gap, but it was worth it.

Powder and Badger built a great fire and as the sun set we listened to the coyotes in the distance and the owls above. A perfect end to a great day!

Until next time, do what you love.

Lil D

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