Day #10

Plumorchard Gap Shelter –> Standing Indian Mountain

13.7 miles

87.8 Total AT miles

Today we crossed the Georgia border entering North Carolina and checking the first of fourteen states off the list. It feels good. Really good. I’ve cycled across twenty some states but walkin’s a whole different story. What I’m most excited about is having shared in the experience with my trail family.

Moonboots, Shaggy, and Bambi got off to their usual early start. I left not too long after them hoping to meet them at the border. On the way out of camp, I ran into Savage, Mr. Kool Aid, and Cool Dad packing up camp for the day. I spent some time talking before rushing off to meet up with the others.

I can always tell how good a day I’m having by the number of photos taken. Today, I shot 365. That’s a lot of pictures! Leaving camp early left the woods aglow in the golden light of the morning sun. I couldn’t help myself even if I was in a rush to catch up with the crew.

Thankfully, they were waiting at the border for a necessary group photo. One state down! Whahoooo!!!! I’ve traveled a lot solo in my life, but nothing compares to sharing euphoric feelings with friends. Christopher McCandless realized on his deathbed, starving and alone in a bus in the Alaskan bush, “Happiness is only real when shared.” Accomplishment takes on a different meaning in a group.

Our campsite tonight is one of the best of the trip thus far. We hiked to the top of Standing Indian Mountain at 5,435 feet and camped just off the summit. We ate a quick dinner then watched the sun set from the top of the highest mountain around. What a spectacular sight.

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Moonboots packed and ready to walk across the state line.
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Mr. Kool Aid packing up camp.
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Savage cleaning out her camp cup after breakfast.

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I love my trail runners. I picked these things up for $8 at an REI garage sale. SOO comfortable.

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Leafbuds on trees in the mountains.
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Pine needles in front of the mountains.

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A coyote print. They run the trails like a highway searching for food in the night.
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Coyote poop!
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Look at all the hair in the coyote’s crap!
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Up and over.
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This hike would be a nightmare if not for the trail crews. Thanks for your hard work guys keeping the trail clear.
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The North Carolina / Georgia border.
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Shaggy, me, Moonboots, and Bambi at the border. Congrats guys!
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Leaving the border with Savage and Mr. Kool Aid.
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Mr. Kool Aid filling his water from a stream.
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He squeezes water through the filter in the bladder in his pack so he never has to dig it out. Great idea!
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Savage in a tunnel of Rhododendron.
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Mr. Kool Aid taught me this awesome trick with a leaf to collect water. Natures spigot!!!
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Savage soaking in the view.
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Mr. Kool Aid video blogging from the overlook. I’m taking a load lounging back on my pack.
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Savage is a climber, usually rock but she’ll settle for a tree if it’s in the right place like on top of a mountain.
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Graffitti on a shelter.
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Plastic to keep the mice out of your backpack in the shelter. Mice can be a real problem out here.
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Savage signing the trail register.
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Mr. Kool Aid giving a shoe tying lesson.
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So many notes out here! Cool Dad left us one who went ahead to get food.

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Mr. Kool Aid’s dirty girl gaiters. He named the girls Tasia (short for Anastasia) and Bitsy.
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Daffodils on top of Standing Indian Mountain.
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The view from atop Standing Indian Mountain. We set up camp here and watched the sun set. Spectacular!
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Mr. kool Aid and Savage taking in the view.

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Cool Dad taking a photo of the sunset.
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Cool Dad showing off a beautiful photo to Savage. Canuck can’t take his eyes off the show.
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Group shot with the moon in the background.

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  • Hey bruv, I’ve been following this as I make my own journey. Keep the stories coming, it’s a good cap to the day

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