10 miles day today. But it was an awesome 10 mile day.
Left the Black Bear Resort around 10:30am. Great place and hope they keep doing a great job for all the hikers.
Beautiful day today. Sunny and warm. Glad we waited because 3 miles down the trail was an awesome waterfall. Laurel falls is beautiful!
We hung out at the falls for about 20 minutes. Took pictures and rehydrated for the climb up Pond Flats. Just another 1600 foot climb in 2 miles. Normal day on the AT.
The climb wasn’t too bad and we made it over the top and had some lunch. We only had another 3-4 miles to go before the campsite so we took our time.
We arrived at US Route 321 at around 4:30pm. Wautaga Lake was across the road so we checked it out. It was a really nice park with a swimming area.
We took a long break and just hung out in the sun watching the ducks and geese. Gus chased sticks that we threw in the water and got soaked. It was Gus’s first time in a lake. He loved it. Think I created a monster. He didn’t want to get out.
Once we got to the campsite Monk went to do some investigating of the surrounding area. He found a rope swing. Solo, Monk, and I had some fun and took turns swinging into the lake. The water was freezing but it was worth it.
After the rope swing we were soaked and cold so we went and gathered fire wood. Built a nice campfire and warmed up and dried our clothes.
The campsite has an amazing view of the mountains we just went over. Amazing in the setting sun. It’s a great day to be alive.