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Today was amazing. The views were beautiful all day long. I ended up hiking really slow with Snacktime and learned a little bit about her. It was nice to get to know someone and hear what led them to the trail. The two of us stopped constantly to take in the views and to enjoy the day to the fullest. Midday a man who was trail running told us about a tower that we could sleep in that was a few miles past the shelter we'd planned on staying at. So we decided that'd be an adventure and we'd go for it. We told everyone in our group about our idea and they were all for it. However, once we arrived at the shelter before the tower almost everyone had backed out except for Medkit who hadn't stopped at the shelter. We knew that we couldn't bail on Medkit so a few of us pushed on a few more miles to get to the tower.
Bullet, Blue, Snacktime, Medkit, and myself ended up crashing here at the tower and I am so glad we decided to push on. We have a 360 degree view of the mountains around us. We walked around the perimeter of the tower and all of us yelled out of excitement. I know I keep saying this but this is the best night I've had yet and everyone agreed. We sat and ate dinner and dangled our feet over the edge and watched the sunset.I am still in awe of the sunset we just witnessed. I can't wait to see the sunrise.
I am loving every minute of this hike. I'm finding so much peace and freedom that I've never experienced in before. It's hard to explain but it's everything I've needed. I've struggled for a long time with confidence and feeling secure in myself. But I'm finally realizing that I love who I am. I've always felt insecure when I'm not the loudest one in the room because I equated that to confidence for some reason. But now it's clear that is not the case. At this moment I've never been happier. Tomorrow we'll make it out of the Smokies.