Date: 22 Mar 2016 0739PM
Location: Mollies Ridge Shelter
Today's Miles: 13.1
Total Miles: 177.3
Left the lodge this morning and hiked the few miles to the damn. Met a ridge runner for the smokies who took possession of the bottom half of our permits and welcomed us to the park. Warned us of a 'stomach bug' that's been floating around the shelters and told us to take extra precautions while in the park.
The climb into the smokies was an all day event, the further up we climbed the colder it got and the more snow we encountered. Even still, I spent the majority of the afternoon in shorts and a t-shirt.
The trail was a muddy, snowy, melty mess for the most of the afternoon, and that slowed us down and got us pretty dirty, but we arrived at the shelter safe and sound.
Lying in the shelter, in my bag, waiting for nightfall. Warm, safe, and dry for the night.