Casualties of the Trail

Whether it’s a deer mouse in the shelter, a result of disorganization or a questionable can of meat left by another hiker, there are plenty of opportunities for trail mishaps. Here is what we’ve experienced:

  1. My hydration bladder had a hole in it before we even hit the trail.
  2. I lost my scarf at the visitor’s center. (It was later found and mailed to me!)
  3. Springer Mountain Shelter mouse ate one of Shotgun’s earpieces on his headphones.
  4. Springer Mountain Shelter mouse then pooped in Shotgun’s pack.
  5. We couldn’t make the water filter function properly and had to boil our water.
  6. Shotgun’s stomach became a casualty of vienna sausages.
  7. We lost our knife in a Taco Bell trash can.
  8. I lost my towel in Fontana Dam.
  9. Shotgun lost his towel at Ice Water Spring Shelter.
  10. We began drying off with our dirty clothes.
  11. My leg looked like a drumstick to Douglas, the unleashed Dobermann/Rottweiler beast.
  12. We met Sparky in Fontana Dam and never wanted to hike again.
  13. I became ceraunophobic on Kelly Knob.
  14. Shotgun rolled out of a hammock and got wrapped up in the mosquito net on his way down to the ground.
  15. Our neighbor is a felon.

Don’t worry, Mom & Dad.  We’ll be just fine! Happy hiking, y’all!


Posted by on June 27, 2011 in The Hike


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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Posted by on June 19, 2011 in Uncategorized


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Cheoah Bald to Fontana Dam (Hilton)

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Posted by on June 10, 2011 in The Hike


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Wayah Bald to Cheoah Bald

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Posted by on June 5, 2011 in The Hike


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Trail Names

Brent and I had been using our alter-egos, “Lula Bruises” and “Shotgun Bobby,” as trail names until we earned ones. Our friends, Tim & Ireland, came up with our names at the NOC while they were waiting for us. They had a couple of days to think about it. We are now “Bed” & “Breakfast.”

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Posted by on June 3, 2011 in The Hike


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Muskrat Creek Shelter to Wayah Bald

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Unicoi Gap to Bly Gap (Georgia-North Carolina State Line)

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Posted by on May 28, 2011 in The Hike


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