A couple of very tough days. With sore knees from climbing down to the Nantahala Outdoor Center, I climbed 6 miles and 3000′ out of it yesterday and a killer climb at the end of the day today. As I was struggling up it was the idea that “man, I have to climb something called ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ after I get up THIS bear of a climb, and my water is lower than I’d like for that. In the end , that was Jacob’s ladder- a trail up a very rounded and steep peak.
So, with another short day – saw more blooming trillium today than I’ve ever seen before and maybe a baby bear, maybe something else climbing a tree.
Oh – and trail magic at the highway – water, and apple, and a cookie from some women sitting at the picnic area waiting for their birder hubbies – one couple was from NH and come down here every spring.
Also got the first good look at the Smokies while I was up high. They are indeed higher and more intimidating.