Day One: A Bold Move

Day: 1 (written end of day July 7th)

Miles: 69.3 (Springer Mountain to Dicks Creek Gap)

The highs: A few minutes before beginning, sitting by the first blaze on Springer with Jupiter and DH with our headlamps shut off, just waiting for midnight. Cool moment!

The lows: My waterlogged, blistered, zombie feet

Wildlife: Bear cub (it ran away), grown black bear (watched it run away from me at lightning speed down a forested hill- pretty cool!), two toads, three mice, one turtle, one frog.

People: Saw a few other thru-hikers,, including a group of young Mennonite women in matching dresses and bonnets carrying big hiker packs.

David Horton and Warren Doyle on Springer!