We actually made it to bed early (11:30pm EDT) by our standards so that we could get up early in order to avoid the heat of the day and the crowds in the Smokies. We were so excited about our hike that it was hard for us to either get to sleep or stay asleep. We were both up, ready, and out of the house before 6:00am and on our way to the Great Smoky Mountains. Of course we had to make a couple pit stops for petrol, breakfast, ice, and well, nature calls more frequently when there's something pressing against your bladder almost non-stop.
Seeing how the shelter was occupied we walked past it about 20 yards and found a nice spot at a footbridge that takes you onto the Sweat Heifer Creek Trail. Right at the bridge was the perfect place to hang our ENO Doublenest hammock, so we could relax creek side while enjoying a small lunch on the trail. For lunch we brought with us two Turkey and Cheese Sandwich Lunchable kits complete with applesauce, Nilla wafers, and a small bottle of water with a Kool-aid drink mix. It was quite an enjoyable lunch and very relaxing laying in the hammock next to the creek. We couldn't have asked for a better spot.
We sincerely hope that everyone else was able to get out on Saturday for Trails Day whether it was to volunteer on a trail maintenance activity or just to enjoy a trail with a hike or the like. Until next time...
Tim and Robin
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Technical Details of the Hike from our Trimble Track: