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Nancy "Why Not?!" Huber
City: Gold River
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: Mar 27, 2013
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Mar 27th, 2013
Start: Amicalola Falls State Park
End: Stover Creek Shelter
Daily Distance: 2.8
Trip Distance: 2.8

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Let the Fun Begin

Sun, slack pack, icicles, mud, views, hazelnuts. Great day.

Cynthia and I are squished into my 1 1/2 person contrail tent at 6:30 pm
because it's warmer in here than outside. Some guys are building a fire so
we might get out later. The shelter seemed like a pretty nice option when
we first got here. Cynthia swept out the top level. We could see a mouse
house on an overhead beam. I suggested she knock it down. She did and a
little pink baby mouse fell out and onto the picnic table below. We could
see momma and more babies still inside. That ended any more attemps to move
them. Suddenly the tent seemed like a better choice.

Pam dropped us off at the Amicalola Falls visitor center. I was the 675th
thruhiker to sign the register. Cynthia was number 265 for section hikers.
We took a bunch of photos and we were off. The 8.8 mile Approach Trail was
definitely worth the effort. It meandered along the creek for a bit then we
climbed the 600 and something stairs to the top. That was the steepest
section. The rest was gentle up and some down to the top of Springer
Mountain and the official start of the Appalachian Trail. Because the
trees haven't leafed out yet we had views all days. Some of the trees are
hazelnut. We know that because the nuts were on the ground. Just after
the top there were icicles. It was cold but mostly perfect hiking
temperature. Some snow from the previous day was still on the ground but
most was melted. The hike up was made much easier because we had arranged
to slack pack it. That means hiking without our packs. Cousin Pam's husband
John and his son Randy met us at the parking lot near the top. We told them
we would take 5 hours to hike it. We got there about 5 minutes early. That
made the day so much easier! Thanks to john and randy we only hiked a
couple miles with our packs today. Since the approach trail miles don't
count anyway I definitely don't feel guilty.

There are at least 25 people at the shelter. Most are in tents. I slipped
and fell in the mud once today. It feels good to be back out on a trail.
It's fun to share the first couple of days with my friend. So far I like
the AT.

Why Not?!

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