Some days I wake up ready to roll and other days I have trouble getting it in gear. Today was the latter. I slept in until 8:30 but still felt sleepy.

As I was packing up, I saw the first of three bears for the day. I tried to get pictures of all three but they were too fast…..or I was too slow. Either way, there are a lot of bears here!

The weather was perfect most of the day. I stopped by the Panorama Rest Stop on Skyline Dr for water. I decided to sit near the building and eat my lunch. A very nice lady asked me about my hike. She gave me an awesome orange, some nut and fruit bars, and a bottle of ice cold water.

I don’t eat peanuts due to an allergy so as I was leaving I offered the bars to two NOBO thru hikers (Stoke and Double Down). They offered me a fresh peach. We visited for a bit while we ate the food we had just given each other. Then we headed off down the trail in opposite directions.

I had planned to have an early dinner at the Skyland Resort but as I neared, the skies started to darken and look stormy. I also received a text from my sister Laura that warned me of bad weather approaching. I decided to get a room at the resort and I’m so glad I did. The storm was pretty bad. It was good to get cleaned up and sleep with a roof over my head. 🙂

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