|View from Baker Mt.|
We chatted a while then headed up Baker Mt. It was tough to have to climb first thing in the morning, but there was no other choice. We came upon 2 men who were clearing downed trees off the trail. They had cross cut saws, axes, and other tools. We had to cross over the tree they were working on. IT was a big one and it was no easy chore getting over it. They were very nice and said we looked like seasoned hikers!!
I believe thy meant we smelled like seasoned hikers. HA
I had put on my cleanest dirty shirt for the occasion and the sisters had done likewise. We really smelled Rank! I was wearing my newly smoked underwear, which had finally dried. It was not long before the 2 young men passed us. The leader was still way in front of his friend, who was obviously in pain. I felt sorry for him, but he was an adult and able to take care of himself.
At the top of Baker Mt. at 3, 478 ft, we rested on a rocky outcrop. It had a great view. I was leading fast this day, I guess I was eager to get Blood Mt. over with. In a flat area known as Burnett Field Mt. we met an older couple. We had stopped at a spring to make water. They had a contour map of the area and showed us a blue blazed trail which was a ridge trail for Blood Mt. It went around the summit instead over it. I decided right then and there that I would take this trail!! The other 2 sisters were not decided about it.
|Blood Mt. Wilderness Area|
|Marsha @ Slaugher Creek where we split up|
Back on the rock I could hear the Sisters talking long before they came into view. When I saw Marsha step onto the trail, I was a happy camper!!! She seemed glad and surprised to see me too.
I told them I had decided to wait and finish the trail with them. It was really the only thing to do. I had waited only about an hour and I was dry and rested. We rested a little while longer and then headed for Neels Gap and the end of our long journey.
|Em at the Blood Mt. Shelter|
The last mile on the trail to Heels Gap was easy as I recall. The sound of traffic on the road was getting louder with each step. Marsha led and she waited for us at a sign which told the story of the Indian war between Slaughter Gap and Blood Mt. involving the Cherokees and the Creek.
WE, THE SISTER ACT, HAD MADE IT. FIVE DAYS AND 40 MILES THROUGH THE WILDERNESS.
|Em and Tee shirt we got 3 alike!|
We reached the car and it was just as we had left it...but there we found a note in a zip lock bag under the wiper blade--IT was from the TRIO- Matt, Soroya, and Mic...