Slack Packing and Thinking

We didn't leave Miss Janet's till about noon, getting us back to Spivey Gap around 12:45.  I took off in a hurry, I wanted to put as much space between me and everyone, getting some of that solo hiking in, also when I slack pack I like to keep my heart rate up for some [...]

Pictures and Socks

Waking up after 12 hours of sleep I felt refeshed,alive, returned to my natural self.  I didn't realize how tired I was from Trail Days till that moment. It's that moment when you first wake up and you feel 100 percent immediately, there is no sleeping in, you are just ready for the day. I [...]

12 hours to refresh.

Hiking out in the afternoon is the worst, I'm already past the best part of the day and I'm starting to wind down.  We didn't arrive at the gap till about noon and was exhausted from the sleepless night in Hot Springs. No one slept well, the grumpy mood was all around, everyone on edge [...]

Trail days and the return

After our two hour long ride into Damascus for Trail Days we all were eager to set up camp and hit the vendors, friends, and anything we might have been into.  We quickly found a large area and circled our tents like an old wagon train, giving us a nice area to hang out in [...]

Relaxing and goofing off

Just as I had done the day before I was up and out early. Leaving down the trail, I found peace over the rolling smooth hills, the long slow slope down made for easy going and in general, a wonderful expierence.  I ran into Sparky randomly in a field and couldn't have been more excited.  [...]

Killer rocks and killer views

I've been waking up around six for the past few days and it's been quite nice.  No one else is up and if I need to I can get some writing done before the busyness of the day sets in.  It's quiet, mostly everyone is still asleep, and I usually get on the trail around [...]

We have to go back

Kevin had quit and I was mad as hell.  I had 16 miles to do and I had left at 2 pm, it was going to be a very long day in the heat.  The long steep uphill in the late afternoon was draining already and I still had miles to go.  I spent the [...]

Hot Springs the oasis of the south

As soon as the rooster started to crow, I was up.  Packing my bag by headlamp, I moved around quietly to not wake up the bunk house.  I wa Ted to be ready and to get out as soon as possible. After the night I had before, I wanted out and back on the trail. [...]

To slack pack or not to slack pack

I didn't sleep a wink, I'm not surest was due to the full belly or just being uncomfortable. Kevin had taken to hand washing the laundry so all of our clothes were drying over the night. I tossed and turned throughout the entire night, I even took to trying different beds for comfort. To make [...]

Miracle Mile

Waking up early was hard for me, every so often someone or something would thump in the night and I'd snap awake. When the sun came up around six I was not ready to get up.  I tried my hardest to go back to sleep but to no avail.  This was the last day in [...]