... of two very different sorts ...
Sunday, August 5, 2012:
It was March 18th, and I was hiking out of N.O.C in Wesser, NC. I met two guys coming the other way on a short day hike without backpacks. It turns out Harry and Leo were doing something similar to me - working their way south by day hikes. Their method was to use two vehicles parked at either end and hike each section just one way. They started in Damascus, VA and were headed to Springer. Our first moments, on meeting that first day were a little awkward, but the next day they helped me with logistical issues related to the closed road to Deep Gap and we got on well. We met several more times in coming days and had nice chats, and then our paths drifted apart.
Harry and Leo went north to South Arm Road. I headed south to Surplus Mountain and back then did about 3.5 miles of the trail north to the south shoulder of Wyman Mountain and back. When I got back, Leo's car was gone. It's unlikely that I'll see them again, and an amazing coincidence that we had the chance to meet at all. I had hoped to get an earlier start than I did today. I should have been out on the trail by the time they arrived at the parking lot. Such are the strange twists in the fiber of time and space.
The weather held off. In fact it didn't rain until after 6PM, but because of the easy trail I was finished by 3PM. That's not a bad thing, though ... getting a little more rest time. Tomorrow's trail features two fords (four for me) and some very strenuous climbing up both walls of Sawyer Notch. The old friends will be elsewhere.
Here's a map of today's hike, and a link to a few more photos:
AT Day 196 - Dunn Notch cascades at EveryTrail
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