Sunday, September 4, 2016

Sat/Sun 8/27-28 - Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Great overnight backpacking trip with Sarah.
Sat - Hike from Newfound Gap to the Jump Off, Charlies Bunion and further down the AT. We stayed at Icewater Spring Shelter. Saw 2 amazing rainbows, one at Charlies Bunion and one at the shelter.  There was a MASSIVE thunder and lightning storm in the evening, I don't know if I've ever witnessed more intense rain. Then it cleared in the middle of the night to a beautiful moon and the most stars I've ever seen at night. We woke to an amazing sunrise while we had coffee and breakfast in the front of the shelter.

Sun - Hiked back down to Newfound Gap, drove to Road Prong Trail.  Road Prong Trail was overgrown and we ran into a bear, so we turned back and went to Clingmans Dome and hiked from there to Andrews Bald.

Great trip.

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