Knowing I wanted an early start I sacked out on the motel room's floor while the gang all sat in the parking lot eating Vino's pizza and swapping trail stories.
I quietly got up and pulled my stuff together. I went up on Main st in search of coffee. Why go chain store coffee when Ma & Pa stores need support to. Had a great cup before returning to catch the shuttle up to the Winding Stairs jump off point.
I made good time up the mountain. I enjoyed passing weekenders. Someone pointed out Silver Bald for views. I dropped the ruck and made the detour. The view was worthy of the detour.
Next in the adventure is a mysterious forest covered in three kinds of moss and spooky with many not quiet alive trees. I loved it. Movie producers this area would make a neat location.
I came up and over Wayah Bald and the tower. With rain moving in I didn't stay long for checking out the views. Just less then a mile away is my sanctuary in the woods with views to match. I got here just before the rain moved in.
I thought a bit about spiritual disciplines as I hiked today. One of them being scripture reading. Once a daily habit, I want to revive it for the trail. Once at the shelter, I pulled out my Bible and read a while. I want the reader to know that I consider myself spiritual not hardcore religious though I do subscribe to the tenants of the Christian faith. This Sunday is Easter, a service I like to attend however I'm in the woods of North Carolina.
Now as I've been sheltered up for a few hours. Hikers are now just arriving. It's filling up as the rain falls gently. I'm getting hungry.