Today was the day I finally got to escape Damascus! My legs are itching to get back on the trail.

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Thanks for the motivation Maddie!

Excellent 20+ hike. Got to meet some locals who told me about Trail Days, and also gave me a package of mac and cheese! Found some permethrin in the shelter at lunch today, pretty skeptical of the stuff but I just put a little on my boots. Considering I won’t be handling those anywhere close to my mouth I’m not too worried.

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Hiked on a small portion of the Creeper trail (thankful wasn’t run over by any children). Got to the 2nd shelter for a water and snack break, and quickly took off in an attempt to catch the sunset on Whitetop Mountain (or “Bitch mountain as the locals called it, because supposedly it’s a Bitch).

Needless to say, I made that mountain mine with 30 minutes to spare. Below are the results of my micro quest.

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After the Sun dropped, the temperatures did just as quickly. I hauled tail to get to the campsite and set up and camped out alone for the first time on my hike.

Croc Rocket

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