Day Eight...Friends around the Campfire

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Today, we decided to not go as far as we could, but to just hike enough to be on schedule (before this hike, we were ahead of schedule). The mountain we climbed this morning was our highest mountain yet at 5,100 feet, but it was also one of the easiest. Unfortunately, the peak was too covered in trees to get any good pictures of the views beyond.

Last night, when we arrived to camp, I tried to send out my spot.  The spot is the satillite device we use to send latitude and longitude coordinates and our check in message that everything is ok.  Last night, we did not have any signal to check to see if it was sent.  It turned out it didn't send, so I would like to apologize for the worry I caused my parents. 

When we got to the shelter, Carter's Gap, we met Blue Blaze.  He had a bunch of really funny puns. Chief spent the night there as well. It has been very nice seeing Chief each day, sadly we are going to be putting distance between us over the next couple of days.  We have to begin to pick up the mileage so we can make it to Newfound Gap, in the Smoky Mountain National Park, by the 26th.

Today marks one full week on the trail.  We crossed states lines from Georgia into North Carolina.  Only 13 more weeks and 13 more states remaining. Since I started my thru hike about a month later than most of the other thru hikers, I have to hustle to catch up and then pass to them, so I can finish in time to go back to school.  The average thru-hiker takes 5-7 months to complete the trek.

Needless to say, I have my work cut out for me.

Miles: 12.5

Steps: 32,221

Location: Latitude: 34.99902, Longitude: -83.49405