Miles from Springer Mountain: 197.2
Miles to Mount Katahdin: 1994.8
Yesterday I entered the Great Smoky Mountains National Park after leaving the illustrious Fontana Hilton. To get there I had to cross over the Fontana Dam – the largest dam this side of the Mississippi. Here’s a photo of the Fontana Lake and me on the dam – I’m still afraid of heights!
I stayed the night at Russell Field Shelter after walking 14.5 miles. In the Smoky’s you must stay in a shelter or tent right beside. I was in the packed shelter trying to stay warm! It wasn’t easy, but I made it to hike another day.
Today was a cold start but I worked hard to get to the closest shelter to Clingmans Dome. 16.4 miles slowly uphill really flies by with all the beautiful sites. Tonight I sleep at Double Spring Gap, which sits directly on top of the TN-NC state line and has water sources on both sides! I ate dehydrated lasagna and ramen for dinner, the ramen was a gift from my Polish and Latvian friends who are ending their hikes tomorrow.
It’s been a great couple days of hiking in seclusion in the Smoky’s. Tomorrow I push on for Clingman’s Dome and Newfound Gap!