Famous last words.
I met Missy and Sharon Spezia this morning around seven to go hiking with Missy’s Get on the Trails program which coincides with the Friends of the Smokies. I expected it to be a rather easy hike with little elevation change. I was kind of right. I stuck with Missy’s intern Andy for most of the trip. We got a little ahead of the group and hiked about 5.1 miles up to a spot to eat lunch at and eat with the rest of the group. The hike really was not all that strenuous and there was no super significant elevation change, so I figured that it was just an easy way to get a long day of mileage in. On the way back down, Missy decided we should go do the loop trail thinking it was only 2 extra miles. Wrong!
Yes, it did on 2 extra miles to the entire trip, but by doing that, it meant the loop trail was actually 4 miles long! Andy and I definitely were not expecting that. It seemed to go straight up hill for what seemed like hours. Finally after coming out to a road off the trail, we made it back to the trailhead. In total we put in around 13.5 miles today which is longer than a half marathon. Super fun time to spend my day and looking forward to another hike soon!
Cute little bridge.
Sharon Spezia, Myself, and Mary Bond.