Trail: Little East Fork to Shining Rock, then the Art Loeb through the Narrows to Deep Gap to Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp.
Distance: 12 Miles (woot!)
Elevation: 2,500 feet
Date Hiked: 8/19/16
I'd planned a 10-miler, but then face planted in so many spider webs then had to bushwhack through wild blackberries going up the Little East Fork trail that I opted for more miles through a fun section of the Art Loeb Trail.
No more spider webs. Just some amazing fungi and miniature fairyland moments on moss-covered nursery trees.
Not many people on the trail, today.
A pack of sodden, yet still ebullient, teens who spent a wet night at Shining Rock.
A guy with a leg cramp "getting in some miles."
A threesome looking for water. Apparently the spring on top of Cold Mountain isn't running at the moment.
And then there were these:
On the way back to my car, this pair of abandoned boots sat forlornly off to the side of the road, in the parking area.
I suspect someone changed into their comfy shoes after the hike and will now have a mystery to solve the next time they go looking for their boots.
Either that or the owner had suffered his last blister from these monsters and drove off in a huff, leaving them to fend for themselves.