It was tough to leave our warm hotel this morning because we knew that it was going to be freezing tonight. The First Baptist Church in Franklin served us all you can eat pancakes and bacon. It was delicious and everyone there was really nice. We’re loving the trail magic here in the south.
We headed back to the trail around 9 and were greeted with about 6 inches of snow on the ground. I’ll tell you, it was hard leaving that warm bed this morning. It was pretty clear that our entire hike would be in the snow today. I definitely was not expecting this much snow in NC that’s for sure. I’m really happy that I bought an extra base layer for my legs for hiking and gloves. They were definitely needed today. But it was so beautiful hiking in the snow today. It’s definitely a day to remember on the trail.
I fell three times because of the snow. The first time I fell directly on my already sore right knee. It ended up not being as bad as I thought, but I may have a nice bruise in the morning. The second fall was very graceful as I landed softly on a deep snowbank. I wish someone had filmed the third one because it was one for the books. My foot landed in a deep spot unexpectedly and I fell face first into the snow. I just started laughing because I was stuck there in the snow with 30 lbs of pack weight keeping me down. Miles had to help me up and we just couldn’t stop laughing.
There was a tower on top of Wayah Bald that we climbed up to see the limited views of the Nantahala Forest. We made it to the shelter around 3:30 and reserved our spots inside. We did 11 miles today. It’s a full house here in the shelter with Teflon, Mouse, Chris, and three new hikers we hadn’t met yet.
As I sit here in my sleeping bag with all of my clothes on, I know that this is going to be the coldest night yet. I think we’ll survive with all of the body heat in here though.