Appalachian Trail Journals 04-03-03

Journals From A 2003 Thru-Hike of the Appalachian Trail (by Loony)

Entry #13 – April 3, 2003

10:15 AM – We’re breaking for a bit to get water near Wolf Laurel Top. We’re about to turn a map over – Yippee!!! I forgot to mention something about yesterday. On the Appalachian Trail they have what is called “Trail Magic.” We had our first treat yesterday. When we started on Sunday at the parking area down a mile from Springer, we met a family from Atlanta or thereabouts. Their son (and grandson) Tim was starting out. It turns out the family was at Neels Gap yesterday and we had some good BBQ, brownies, chips and pop. It was excellent. I’m still waiting for some magic in the form of beer, though – ha HA! I was told to look in streams, near road crossings… 🙂

8:45 PM – Wow. I think this is the latest we’ve stayed up. Quite a few people here at Low Gap Shelter tonight – we had a campfire – the first we’ve had along the way. Day went OK at first, but was having a hard time @ the end. Took quite awhile to get down Sheep Rock Top to the shelter. Supposed to rain tomorrow, Sat, Sun, so hoping to get in the shelter tomorrow night @ Blue Mtn. I’m feeling better, cause I’m not sure how I could continue. Maybe – whoops, I forgot what I was going to say. Andy interrupted me saying he forgot the bear spray in his pack, so he’s getting it. The guidebook says a hiker woke in the shelter in 2000 w/a bear straddling him! =:^0