This past weekend was one for the record books. We ended up forging a stream and then heading down a forestry service road to the place where the Appalachian Trail crosses over Tray Mountain.
It was an absolutely beautiful day. It was still early spring in the mountainsâ€”sun streaming through the thinly, leafed trees and deeply jeweled blue sky. White blazes mark the AT.
“If youâ€™re heading to the Appalachian Trail this spring,” writes a Thru Hiker, “and you plan to camp between Jarrard Gap and Neels Gap add a bear canister to your gear list.” The trail in this photo is the one the hiker was writing aboutâ€” Neels Gap one way and the other way leads to Jarrard Gap.