I got an unexpected chance to go solo hiking the other day. I decided to head up Jake’s Creek starting in the Elkmont camping area. I traveled about four miles up the trail to Jake’s Gap. This is where the trail intersects the Panther Creek trail headed west and the Miry Ridge Trail headed east up to the AT.
It was a beautiful crisp morning and I needed to get moving just to warm up. The sunlight and bright blue sky was brilliant. I traveled alone about the whole time with only a few overnighters and day travelers toward the end. At Jake’s Gap I sat in utter silence listening to a few scavenging small birds looking for food and the distant woodpecker doing the same. It was a wonderful day.
My solo hikes always provoke a good spiritual conversation environment for me to spend time with God. This is about the only time in my life where I feel it easy to live out Paul’s instruction to “pray without ceasing.”
Morning sun starts to crest the ridge.
Walking towards the light on purpose.
I took the high road.
At Jake’s Gap
Two paths before me and I took the one more traveled.
My favorite picture of the day. Wonderful tree-scape against the bright blue sky. I took this for my buddy Brent.
Campsite 27 with the bear hanging wires
Central rock of Campsite 27.