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Christopher "Blackbeard" Morris
City: Winter Park
State: Florida
Country: United States
Begins: Mar 14, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, May 9th, 2011
Start: Grayson Highlands State Park South Fence
End: Hurricane Mtn Shelter
Daily Distance: 13.5
Trip Distance: 521.9
Min Elevation: 3480
Max Elevation: 5017

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Grayson Highlands and 500!

Clicked over the 500 mark today. Somewhere out there randomly I did. Did a healthy day of hiking on perhaps the most beautiful day on the trail yet. Dark crystal blue skies with no clouds. Warmer but not hot. No humidy either. Sloight breeze. Also hiking though gorgeous scenery with views galore. My cup of tea for sure. Foot hurt but advil fixed that and did fairly well today up hills and all. Felt strong.

Camping tonight by the creek below the shelter. Bismark here. Then BC and Eugene showed up as well as Fish Nets heading south back to Damascus for trail days. I'm still up in the air if I want to head to trail days or not. Already spent 4 night in Damascus and too much money :P. We will see.

Animal Report:
Saw more horses of course. Also a raven or crow looking bird that I said "hello mr crow" to. He looked at me gaked and slowly glided off the branch above me.

Lesson Learned:
Nothing too profound today. I learned that the "wild" horses are just a gimack to get people to the man made balds here. They released horses in the 60's and they herd them up every year and checl for diseases and sell off some to manage herd size. They just here cause they hardy enough to last winters and eat anything that goes vertical.

My mother mentioned to me that she hiked the other day in Florida. So I'm gonna mentioned that I "walked" yesterday.

Her "hiking" was 6 miles on pavement around a lake in Florida. My "walking" was 7 through the rain, sideways rain on a bald, horses attempting to eat me and over Virginia's highest peak. Just another days walk. Oh then 2 more miles after the rain stopped over boulder, through a rock cave and water everywhere inbetween rocks and such.

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