Appalachian Trail: Day #25
Davenport Gap Shelter –> Painter Branch Campsite: 5.7 miles
Total AT miles: 242.7
Today was a bit of a lazy day. Six full days in the Smokies left our food bags pretty light and our stomachs even lighter. We walked out of the National Park and into Standing Bear hostel.
We stuffed our faces till our stomachs bursted. We bought enough food to see us to Hot Springs. Food was expensive here and much of it expired. We bought the bare minimum. We lounged in the sun and napped on benches, but we did not stay. The place has a reputation for partying and is a bit expensive. We saved money and walked a couple miles into the woods.
Leaves are beginning to pop! Soon, we’ll be a walkin in the green tunnel, the nickname of the Appalachian Trail.
The AT follows the road for a few hundred feet. I love seeing those white blazes on things other than trees!
We came out of the Smokies and stopped in Standing Bear Hostel to relax and resupply.
That AT line is REALLY long…
“Welcome to Standing Bear . Everyone ’round these parts call meh Lumpy. Drop your packs there and I’ll give y’all the rest of the nickel tour.”