Today was a big day for us out here in the Smokies. We did our longest day yet at 19.2 miles. We didn’t plan on doing such a long day this early in our hike, but with the rain ending our hike early yesterday, we decided to stick with our original plan to make it to this shelter.
The hiking today was some of the best yet. The views were phenomenal as we climbed up and over mountains all day. We started at our earliest time yet at 8 AM. We normally start around 9, but we’ve been wanting to start earlier, so I’m glad we finally got one earlier morning under our belts so far. We climbed the famous Rocky Top this morning, which had some awesome views. We met some new thru-hikers, saw some of the hikers we stayed with last night, and we saw Joe at Silers Bald Shelter.
I’m pretty beat after a long and fulfilling day of hiking here in the Smokies, so my post won’t be long tonight. We’re tired and sore, but we took advantage of the nice weather and had an amazing hike today. We’re looking forward to Clingman’s Dome tomorrow, the highest point on the AT and hitting the 200 mile marker!