10 March 2019 - Camping adjacent to the Hawk Mountain Shelter
Hiked 8.1 miles today, plus a mile to the southern terminus of the AT. Lots of thru-hikers were northbound on the trail today. There was a little rain in the morning, but by the afternoon it was time for no jackets and shorts. Overall it was a great first day of hiking.
We saw our first thru-hiker quit the trail. He was from New York and fell twice during the approach trail to the mile zero start. He was trying to hike without trekking poles and his one wooden hiking stick slipped on the wet rocks on trail during the rain. His left knee was bleeding quite a bit and he said he believed he was going to need stitches, and that he had decided his thru-hike attempt was over. He caught a shuttle ride off the trail at mile one.
The oldest thru-hiker hiker at our shelter campground was “Gigi” from Indiana. She’s 70 years old and her husband was born in Decatur Illinois, our hometown. Other thru hikers are from Michigan, Chicago, Ohio, Louisiana, Florida and elsewhere.
Just after 6 PM, a hiker started yelling, “Help, Help, Fire!” Instantly, at least ten hikers ran to her tent with bottles of water and doused the burning leaves at the entrance of her tent. Dry leaves had blown up against her gas stove and caught fire, trapping her in her tent. She said now she now knows not to cook just outside her tent door and also to not cook on the ground near dry leaves on a windy day. Fortunately her tent was unharmed.
We ate mashed potatoes and something similar to Rice-A-Roni for dinner, yummy :-).
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