This is our first post from inside a sleeping bag and the first written by me, Travis. We have finished just over one thousandth of the Appalachian Trail.
Here is Day One, in photos:
We awoke in a hotel in Asheville, NC to howling winds and torrential freezing rain. Hopefully this clears up before we hit the trail…
We had a few more hours driving to the trailhead, so we had a fast-food breakfast. Anne claims she hasn’t had McDonalds in a decade. Verdict: McGriddle is pretty damn good. Also, notice the message on our OJ!
The 8.8 mile approach trail to the AT starts here at Amicalola Falls.
Our first steps on the trail. We said our goodbyes and parted with my sister and my mom, who donated her whole weekend to driving the three hikers to Georgia. Thanks Mom, we love you!
We ascended into a freezing cloud. The mist was forming ice crystals on branches and the wind blew big pieces down from the trees. Poll: does Anne look like a scuba diver or a ninja?
More frozen cloud.
Here we are at the southern terminus of the AT on Springer Mountain. Some other hikers were there and took our picture at the plaque marking the spot.
We hiked a few miles further over freezing misty hilltops and calm rhododendron lined glades before setting up camp near a shelter full of other thru-hikers. It’s windy and near freezing, but no rain. So far so good!
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