Rain with a hint of sunshine along the Sinking Waters Trail.

Rain with a hint of sunshine along the Sinking Waters Trail.

The wetlands section of the Sinking Waters Trail (by Frank).

The wetlands section of the Sinking Waters Trail (by Frank).

Though the skies remained grey and leaden the entire day, we were fortunate enough to only have to hike in the rain early this morning. From Warrior’s Path State Park and its strenuous Sinking Waters and Devil’s Backbone trails to Sycamore Shoals and its easy riverside walk to a final strenuous hike along the Appalachian Trail to Laurel Fork Falls, we managed to stay mostly dry. As a matter of fact, the actual downpour didn’t occur until we were ensconced in a booth finally eating our first real meal of the day late in the afternoon in Elizabethton. Maybe the two pennies I found while hiking really were lucky!

We both looked down on and walked alongside the Holston River on the Devil's Backbone Trail. (By Frank).

We both looked down on and walked alongside the Holston River on the Devil’s Backbone Trail. (By Frank).

The most bizarre part of the day is when we emerged from the woods of the Devil’s Backbone Trail to discover that though it was raining in the woods, it was no longer raining in the open. I guess it just takes a while for the rain to filter through the trees.

THE Sycamore Shoals on the Watauga River (by Frank).

THE Sycamore Shoals on the Watauga River (by Frank).

We ended our 10-plus mile day having hiked in three different locales and once again tired. Hiking and driving really takes its toll, but the fact I am working on a book that takes in the Appalachian Trail earned us a good rate (and reviving hot shower) at a local inn. Tomorrow, we take on Roan Mountain State Park and the Appalachian Trail at Roan Mountain (one of the most beautiful spots in Tennessee in my humble opinion). Although to give them some credit, it’s right on the Tennessee/North Carolina border. It was also in that vicinity, that we spent several days in a barn with a troop of Boy Scouts following a snowstorm that dropped more than a foot of snow on the mountains in April (while we were hiking the Appalachian Trail). But, that’s another story.

Rock scramble at Laurel Fork.

Rock scramble at Laurel Fork.

Laurel Fork Falls on the Appalachian Trail.

Laurel Fork Falls on the Appalachian Trail.

 

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