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Gold Rush Apr 1st, 2021
Fir Wave's 2021 AT Thru-Hike

Slept fairly well at Derrick Knob Shelter. Low temp reported 34 degrees so boots didn’t freeze. Heard next few days were going to be very cold down to 7 degrees windy with snow possible. I hike in the winter in NH all the time sometimes temps below zero but have cold weather equipment including insulated hiking boots. I am using trail runners now. Not safe conditions. It was 22 degrees and my wet trail runners froze. Impossible to put frozen shoes on your feet. So I spoke to Michele who already in the area with Piper and her sister Barbara. They had an appointment to visit the Biltmore Estate in Ashland, NC so I thought it was safest to get to Newfound Gap ASAP which I did and they had time to go to the Biltmore. Cold start to the day, Some ice near the top of Clingman’s Dome, At Newfound Gap it was a zoo with literally hundreds of people. Went to the condo in Maggie’s Valley and passed out. Great to see my sister-in-law Barbara and Piper.

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sarah_727 Apr 12th, 2021

Kind of nice to have a break and see Auntie B, I bet! Is it weird to return to "normal life" when you're off the trail?