Saturday, January 19, 2013
Hike #4 - Deep Gap to Wayah Gap
Friday April 13, 2012 - I know... I know.... planning a hike in the remote wilderness for Friday the 13th is not most folk's idea of a good time, but I was itching to get back on the trail after my winter hiatus and that just happened to be the best time for me to go. So, I made my preparations, checked the local radio stations for any mention of escaped mental patients and headed out.
I planned to meet my shuttle driver, Kathy, at Wayah Gap around 11:00 a.m. which would give us plenty of time to drive to Deep Gap and let me hit the trail by Noon. After a quick pit stop at the Franklin Walmart I drove up to Wayah Gap where Kathy was waiting for me. When first speaking with Kathy on the phone, her raspy "Phillip Morris" voice made her sound just like one of the Mount Pilot "Fun Girls" from the Andy Griffith Show. I was kind of expecting her to great me with a "Hey Barney!" when I arrived, but that wasn't the case. She was in her upper fifties, smoked heavily and drove a Ford Taurus. Although she was very nice, she was definitely no Skippy or Daphne. She also brought along another person for the ride (her daughter) who quietly sat in the seat behind me. It kind of freaked me out in that her daughter sat right behind me and didn't utter a single word the entire trip. This made me a little nervous and had me second guessing this whole Friday the 13th thing. Anyway, I just tried to make small talk for the entire drive and also kept my thumbs strategically located near my throat just in case the "quiet girl" in the back turned out to be the cousin of Jason.