Finding peace with getting lost. Kind of.
Webb Bro’s store didn’t open until 9, so I had to northbound the BMT around then to get my package. I had an awkward interaction at the store involving getting 2 packs of hot cocoa from Inza (sp?), the lady at the store. It ended up being her private stash, not the store’s, and I felt weird. I tried to pay her for it, but I’m not sure how it worked out.
I had a hard time leaving since everyone wanted me to stay the night or chat. Apparently, it was chicken wing night. Time was at a stand still, but I finally pushed hard through the heat, only to have a NYer who owns a summer home there make a comment about another earthquake in Japan. Since half my family is in Japan, I was freaking out, but didn’t have cell reception.
I was hot and very thirsty all day and had way, way too much food from the package. I could’ve made it to Springer without the Webb Bro’s store package. Oh well.
I entered Little Frog Wilderness at the sign, and was unclear where the BMT went. I crossed a ridge that was poorly maintained–well, recently maintained overgrown blackberry bushes. I followed an old logging road to the Kimsey Mtn Highway and saw a hiker kiosk that said “Deep Gap.” Yet, it was unclear where the BMT was. I thought I was at the “Deep Gap” section of the BMT, but didn’t know whether to roadwalk the highway east or west. As it was getting dark, I gave up, walked back to the wilderness up the logging road, set up camp. I was so depressed that I didn’t cook.
I ended up getting cell reception and by talking with my parents and friends, had my spirits lifted. I knew I’d figure it out. Hilariously, as I lie in my hammock chatting on the phone, I heard a bear off in the bushes. I made noise and scared it off, but it lead to a sleepless, exhausting, frustrating night.
Liz "Snorkel" Thomas
Liz Thomas is a well-traveled adventure athlete most known for breaking the women’s unsupported speed record on the Appalachian Trail in 2011. She has completed the Triple Crown of Hiking–the Appalachian Trail, the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail, and 3,100 mile Continental Divide Trail–and has backpacked over 15,000 miles across the United States. While not on trail, Liz lives in Denver, Colorado.