September 24 we hiked with Dave and Ardie. We drove about 2 hours to the Newfound Gap in the Smokey Mountains National Park. Pleasant drive. Our goal was to hike to Charlie's Bunion. It's 8 miles, round trip. It follows a small portion of the Appalachian Trail (AT). That made it special. It was a moderately challenging hike due to the endless irregular footing. Charlie's Bunion is a sizable rock cropping at about 5500 feet that juts way out into space over looking a great valley. At the ultimate destination the footing now verges on hazardous. One can be sensible and safe but one does want to pay attention. We were both and returned without incident. One special stop was at an AT shelter. For those of us new to the AT it was interesting to see one of these structures. I believe they're spaced along the entire length of the AT providing much needed shelters for hikers. I was told by, what appeared to be a seasoned hiker at the shelter, that this particular shelter was built in 1938 by the CCC. It was a very solid structure built of rock and timbers. We drove home safely concluding a great outing.
|Duane on Charlie's Bunion|
|View from Bunion|
|View from Mt. Pisgah before the fog set in|