[at-l] he just won't...stop
AThiker at smithville.net
Sun Dec 25 22:54:04 CST 2011
12/25/98 Tricorner Knob Shelter, Smoky Mountains NC
I woke up to find that the temps had
dropped drastically through the night. Into the lower 20s or
This was a good thing as the mud puddle in the middle of the
floor had frozen and it was much easier to walk around in
(The shelters in the Smokys have a 6'xSW walking area with
width) It was also a good thing because there usually isn't
much in the way
of clouds, or fog, when it's that cold. So, just after
daybreak I headed
up a crunching, frozen Trail. I like crunching better than
The sky was actually clear above, and the valleys below were
full of the 'smoke' that is the namesake of these mountains.
point I saw what I thought were bobcat prints. I don't know
if there are
bobcats here, or not. It could have been a fox. I don't know
if there are
foxes here or not.
I made really good time this day. I was surprised to find
crowded from Icewater Spring to Newfound Gap. It was a
Mid-twenties and clear. I got to Mt. Collins shelter a
little before 5.
That shelter is a beautiful place just before sunset on a
Christmas evening. The fire the two boys from Cincinnati had
built was a
beautiful thing, too. I'll never forget the one who looked
at me and
said "That fire'd cost you $8,000 if you bought the wood at a
convenience store." I laffed then. I laff now.
I had an enjoyable evening with these two guys. They didn't
practice some of the LNT techniques the way I'd have liked
for them to.
But, they were harmless, overall. They gave me my first-ever
drink of Jaegermeister. "Nyquil from the liquor store" I
call it. They
also gave me hair-covered cheese and salami that I didn't
want to eat...
but, couldn't throw away. In the dark, it all tastes the
same. I smoked a cigar.
Felix J. McGillicuddy
ALT '03 KT '03
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