On the second day we started with the sun and continued climbing the remainder of the Shut-In Trail en route to the Pisgah Inn. We relaxed at the inn for a couple of hours and enjoyed a hearty breakfast and began our descent through the Pisgah Ranger District at about 11:30. The water was really flowing due to all the recent rain, and creeks were turned into cascades. We trudged down the MST to the Barnett Branch trail, crossed the South Fork Mills River, and climbed up to the Black Mountain Trail. At about 3:00 we arrived at the Buckhorn Gap Shelter with intentions of settling in there for the night. By 4:00 I had woken up from a siesta, realized that there were still 4+ hours of daylight, and elected to continue hiking. Quick climbs up Clawhammer and Black Mountain led to a lengthy descent down to the Davidson River. The Brevard Bike Path then took us into town where Matt met us and directed us to a crucial side trail linking us to the Oscar Blues Brewery.
A run up Bracken Mountain, the celebration of Lily's birthday, and all around good company have led to a good couple of days of R&R here at the Casa de Kirk.
|Sunrise from Ferrin Knob|
|Morning light near Big Ridge Overlook|
|Near the Pisgah Inn|
|A bee pollinating Trillium|
|Clouds coming in seen from the saddle of Clawhammer and Black Mountain|
|Refreshing in the Davidson near the day's end.|
Monday morning we will take to the woods once more. Our final destination on this 450 mile journey will be Roan Mountain, and we must be there by May 30th (for the RAM). Below is a map on which our progress will be recorded, if you find yourself interested in following along.