We got to the lake late in the afternoon, and joined Aquablaze and Shorts, who had already been in. Jaybird showed up also. When we were planning this hike, I dreamed of finding lakes like this along the way, and taking a swim, and this lake was just like I pictured. The only way to get to it was to hike, so we were the only ones here. The water was clear, and the perfect temperature. Since I swam with my Crocs on, I could float on my back, and it was rather humorous how high my feet would float. It was just a perfect stop for this hot day.
We hiked on, and decided we would stay at a certain shelter. It was getting late, and we had done a lot of miles, and since we had taken the long swim break, it was a little later than normal. I stopped to put on my head net because of the gnats, and told the guys I'd meet them at the shelter. The only problem is, I never saw the shelter and apparently kept walking past it. They waited at the shelter and soon figured out I had missed the turn.
In the meanwhile, I had arrived at the largest tree on the northern half of the trail, and was confused as to why I had not found the shelter, and also why they had passed up this amazing tree. I sat there and had a drink and pulled out the AT guide to try to figure out where they were, when they came up from behind. They explained to me that I had missed the shelter about a mile back. We decided to hike on and try to find another campsite. The only problem was, we didn't find a site for at least another 3 miles. No fun when you are already exhausted! It was all my fault though, so I couldn't really complain.
- Steady and F100