Appalachian Trail Day: Pinnacle Picnic Grounds to Mary’s Rock
5:30 am, why is it that I cannot sleep in???
Put some water on to heat for tea with my little Esbit stove, then attended to Sidekick Pauli. She refuses to eat plain kibble when we camp. Don’t worry, I spiced it up with some doggie yum. 🙂
Headed out to Pinnacle Picnic Grounds to hike the section of the AT to Mary’s Rock (and back). Full disclosure here…I didn’t want to run into any bears in the woods with Sidekick Pauli. I didn’t know how she would react. So part of my choosing this hike is because it is up on a ridge, and I figured the bears would be down low munching up all the green stuff they could find.
Even so, setting off down the trail at just after 7 am, I was verbally pointing out all the sights to Sidekick Pauli! “Oh, look at that flower! Did you see the fog hanging in the top of that tree?” hahahaaaa …and so on!
We didn’t run into any bears along the trail, thank goodness! Although, after the hut, there was bear scat. That sent me, again, into Chatty Kathy mode for awhile.
This section of the AT has some beautiful views. It also has some nice ups and downs! The day felt much warmer than it was as we rolled along the ridge towards Mary’s Rock. However, I am marking this section as one to come back and do in the fall. It would be absolutely stunning with the fall colors.
Sidekick Pauli had a delightful time meeting everyone on the trail EXCEPT stupid people with dogs. There is a leash law for a reason people. And don’t look at me like my dog is the problem!!!
Anyway, no reason to get too hot under the collar because we, well I, was already sweating buckets by the time we had hiked back to Pinnacle Picnic Grounds. I was so hot, I literally soaked my head down before driving back to Big Meadows. Ahhhhh refreshing!
So another micro-section of the AT completed! Hike on!