Snake, Toad, and 2 Deer
Tuesday May 8, 2017
Mile: 431.4 - 447.5
8:40m - 6:30pm
Weather: sunny, breeze, and cool
I didn't want to leave the cabins. I really just wanted to stay there. I kept thinking of every way possible to justify another night. But we hiked on.
Today was 16 miles of ridge walking. We finally left the view of Watauga lake. After that it wasn't too interesting but we did see another snake. The second one Shortcake almost stepped on. Glad it wasn't poisonous.
We also saw a fat toad and 2 deer. We are amazed at the lack of wildlife we see out here. We are surrounded by more mountains and wilderness but at times they seem sterile of any life except us hikers. It's a little disappointing.
Tonight we are roughing it. I tried like heck to go back to the cabins but it would have been 58$ just for the shuttle. Ouch. So we are tenting it tonight with a forecast of 40 degrees and rain. My favorite, NOT!!!