Day 4: Neels Gap to Low Gap Shelter

Today was the toughest day yet. After doing our laundry at the hostel, we left around 11 to begin our hiking for the day. It was raining as we ascended the first mountain of the day. Overall, we hiked up and over six peaks today. Our legs were tired from yesterday, but we decided to hike to Low Gap Shelter. We hiked 11.5 miles in the rain, with the rain becoming steadier as we descended Wildcat Mountain. We came upon a box of trail magic as we came out of Hogpen Gap, but it looks like our trail magic luck had run out. There was no food left by the time we got there late in the afternoon. And I could see why as we came into camp around 5. The shelter is full and there are a bunch of tents set up here. I’m pretty beat, so I hope I can sleep well tonight. Though I’m not sure as there may be some thunderstorms tonight. Great, my favorite…(note sarcasm)

We were tired, cold, hungry, and wet when we came into camp, but we’re doing better now as we saw some familiar faces and changed into our clean, dry clothes. I’ve never been so thankful to have clean, warm clothes in my life. Here’s to hoping for a sunny, warm day tomorrow so we can dry out all of our stuff.

Also, thank you to everyone who is reading, commenting, and liking my blog. It’s really encouraging to hear from people back home and even those of you that we don’t know! At the end of the day, I really enjoy reading your messages and it helps both us to keep moving on our journey. 🙂

And fun fact of the day: we have already hiked over 50 miles since Thursday. Holy moly! I can’t believe it either.

22 thoughts on “Day 4: Neels Gap to Low Gap Shelter

  1. Sunny and high mid 50’s tomorrow. Should be great hiking weather.
    Wife will be dropping me off at Unico Gap Wednesday morning around 8:30ish. If you are going to be in the area and need anything let me know.

  2. Living vicariously through you right now! My husband and I love backpacking and are planning our first backcountry hike with our two-and-a-half year old soon…your blog keeps my dream alive!

    1. Thanks Elizabeth! That is so great to hear. I was really inspired by all of the blogs I read last year, so I’m glad to be passing on some inspiration to others 🙂

  3. I’m following your journal. You remind me of my daughter. I’m hoping to do a thru hike in 2018 when I retire. Good luck!

  4. found you guys on the trail journal website but have now switched over to reading your blog. ive been keeping up since the first post. im envious of your hike! im a fifth grade science teacher…new to hiking, but love it! dream to one day do what youre doing. you guys sound happy to be plugging along. keep up the good work. i look forward to your next post. happy trail, friends!

  5. Wow! 50 miles already! You guys are on a roll. And power to you for hiking through rain all day. Congrats on making it past the first major point! Neels Gap!

  6. Wow, you guys…50 + miles, maybe one blister, hiking all day in the rain…can imagine how welcome the contrast of peeps you know, warmth, and being dry would feel…GREAT!!! Dream well, and sleep deep, love Susen and Jamie

  7. Last night taking a hot shower, and climbing into a soft warm bed, I thought about you two out there living the dream. You will NOT regret this.

  8. Not exactly trail magic, but still magical. Sing while walking in the rain:

    Look for a while at the china cat sunflower,
    Proud walking jingle in the midnight sun.
    Copperdome bodhi drip a silver kimono,
    Like a crazy quilt stargown through a dream night wind.

    Crazy cat peekin through a lace bandanna,
    Like a one-eyed cheshire, like a diamond-eye jack.
    A leaf of all colors plays a golden-string fiddle,
    To a double-e waterfall over my back.

    Comic book colors on a violin river cryin leonardo,
    Words from out a silk trombone.
    I rang a silent bell, beneath a shower of pearls,
    In the eagle-winged palace of the queen chinee.

  9. You two are inspiring! 50 Miles already! I’m really enjoying taking breaks at work to read your blog! I hope the rest of the trip is great!

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