We drove up a road that eventually became gravel (and wound its way through some serious Deliverance country) to where it ended, slathered ourselves with bug spray, and started hiking.
About a mile in, we were climbing a hill and coming around a corner when Mr. R&R suddenly came to a dead stop and said, "Is that...?" as he pointed to a dark, furry looking mass about 30 yards away. My heart started hammering in my chest as I looked at the shape, and I started backing away. We're only about 80% sure that it was a bear, but neither of us wanted to get close enough to be 100% sure since that dark, furry-looking thing was right in our intended path!
|Maybe. Maybe Not.|
Once we reached the relative safety of the car, we were both a little disappointed to have been denied the opportunity to hike on the Appalachian Trail, so we decided to drive over to the Nantahala Outdoor Center and pick up the AT there.
|The famous white blaze...sent a few chills down my spine.|
|Approximately 2,047 Mile to Mt. Katahdin|
|Blaze and much less intimidating wildlife|
Although I think I'll always prefer hiking the alpine slopes and sub-alpine meadows of Mt. Rainier, the AT was undeniably beautiful (at least the tiny bit I saw) and I hope to hike much more of it in the future!
|Have you hugged a tree today?|