Friday, August 13, 2010 - After a very nice breakfast at the Hike Inn, I said my good-byes, loaded up my pack and headed off towards Springer Mountain. I was well prepared for my 4 mile hike up to the summit but I was not prepared for the attack of the killer gnats. Those tiny, nearly invisible pests buzzed my head and ears for the entire hike. I was even forced to get a little creative with my insect repellent wipes.
I know I looked like a complete moron with the wipes hanging off of my ears but desperate times call for desperate measures. Besides, who do I have to impress out here in the middle of the woods (besides those sexy looking squirrels I saw a few miles back). My mind was already playing tricks on me as you can tell.