Day 13 (April 5th): Wayah Bald Shelter to Wesser Bald Shelter

Miles hiked today: 10.6
Miles hiked total: 131.4
Miles to go: 2053.9

Today got off to a rather challenging start. It was pretty chilly in the morning, even though the sun was out. Breezy too. I put in a tank top and shorts and my socks from the previous day and hoped to warm up, but it took a long while. We went to filter water and Chrissy’s water bladder leaked all over her bag, sleeping bag, and tent. It was pretty much a full 2 liters. That really delayed us and we didn’t start hiking until close to 10:30. It was a very late start.

We came to Burningtown Gap around noon and were graced with trail magic! They were giving out burgers and hotdogs, so I just took some lettuce, onions, and tomatoes. They also gave me some peanut butter and orange juice. A family in association with a church provided the trail magic. They do it twice a year, and today was their last day.

I talked to two young girls in the 7th and 9th grade, and one of the girls is obsessed with The Outsiders, so we had a lot to talk about, as that’s one of my favorite books, too. The girl also tried to impress me by reciting “Nothing Gold Can Stay”, which is my favorite poem, and I’ll admit, I was impressed. She saw my Harry Potter tattoo on my wrist and told me she wanted to be me when she grows up. It was pretty cute, but also a bit freaky – she referred to me as a grown up! She redeemed herself a bit later though when she told me I looked 19.

After Burningtown Gap, we had a big uphill, a very steep downhill, and then an uphill again to Wesser Bald. The sun finally came up and I was roasting. My sunburn on my shoulders is finally peeling and blistering. It’s really gross. At the top of Wesser Bald was a tower we were able to go all the way to the top of. We probably rested there for a half hour before heading down to camp.

We actually got a place in the shelter tonight. It’s Pipe, Woodstock, me, Chrissy, and Wing It. A man named Townie, Ishmael, Nathan, and a woman called Good N Plenty are also camping here. Good N Plenty hiked with Toasted Toad today. He’s apparently staying at a campsite a little beyond the shelter and has plans to stay at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) tomorrow. I hope we see him!

I’m planning on taking a Nero day tomorrow at the NOC, which is this small outdoor adventure community with lodging. I’m excited to get there and do laundry and shower and eat a salad! I miss fresh food.

Apparently, the descent into the NOC is quite grueling. It’s about 5 miles of just down, down, and more down. But, once we get to the bottom, we’re done for the day, which is exciting. We have a short day on Monday, but the climb out of the NOC is equally treacherous and it’s supposed to rain. Bleh.

Oi, it’s time for me to shut my light off. Everyone around me is trying to sleep.

Ta-ta for now!

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