Day 12: NOC - 137 miles

The Nantahala Outdoor Center is a significant point on this trip because it marks the first part of the AT that I recognize. Katie and I used to be fairly active kayakers and have been here many times. This is the first time I've walked here though!

Big Ups is about a day ahead of me now, and Floats is a day back.  About a day and a half ago I fell in with yet another interesting group and this time I got to hand out trail names.  

 Green Giant, Voldemort, Droid (formerly Roadblock) and Blue Indian

Green Giant, Voldemort, Droid (formerly Roadblock) and Blue Indian

We stopped here long enough to get supplies and have a big breakfast, during which we were rewarded by a surprise visit from an old dear kayaking friend, Joe Bill. 

Life on the trail continues to be amazing. Every day is full of new surprises, whether it be a jaw dropping view, a new friend or watching a centipede battle a beetle.  

 Hot Dinner and some light reading

Hot Dinner and some light reading

Starting tomorrow or the next day I'll be in the Smokys. Today I am at the lowest elevation so far, and once we're in the Smokys it'll be a four day non-stop uphill journey to the highest point on the whole trail, Clingman's Dome.  

I have something special planned for that section of the hike, but I'll save that for the next update in about two days.