Appalachian Trail Thru-hike Day 15: April 6, 2017, Siler Bald Shelter to Wayah Shelter

I went to bed last night expecting to hike in rain today. I was not too excited about that since my rain disaster from several days ago was still fresh in my mind. To my surprise, when I woke up, it was snowing outside, and since I only had seven miles to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Being born and raised in south Louisiana, I can count on one hand the number of times I have seen snow, and each one of them was there.

Hiking in the snow is right up there on the list of things I have always wanted to do. So while my hiking partners were cursing the snow, I was grinning from ear to ear. The wind was blowing hard, and the temperature was dropping, but even with just a T-shirt and a raincoat on I stayed warm as long as I was hiking. Before I knew it, I was at Wayah, the next shelter, but it was full. I gave them my best, can you please fit one more in pitiful face, and thankfully I was in. The winds howled all night, and the temperature went down to 17 degrees, but I was warn cuddled up to 10 of my newest friends.

I’m now 120.5 miles into the Appalachian Trail. Today was my best day on the trail so far.