Lauren called us on April 10 to wish SG Happy Birthday. Lauren’s currently on the Appalachian Trail. When she called, she was at the Sassafras Gap Trail Shelter (Wikitrail info). It took me a few days because I needed to research where she was because I did not write the name down completely. Let me tell you, I really, really miss the Half-Mile maps we had for the PCT. On Monday night, Lauren was at mile marker 143.7!
In a few days, which may be today, Lauren hopes to be at Fontana Trail Head and will be met by a friend from PCT, “Box Drogo”. Trail names are important and you can read more about this here.
Sassafras Gap Trail Shelter is located in North Carolina, on the hike from Franklin to Fontana Dam. It’s along one of the ridges of the Nantahala Mountains headed into the Great Smokey Mountains.
Lauren told me she would not sleep in the shelter because of the mice. =) It was great that she was able to get cell signal from the ridge. The shelter is in the Sassafras Gap Recreational Site. You can see a satalite image here.
The Sassafras Gap Shelter is located in Swain County, North Carolina. Swain County is a county located in the western portion of the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,981. Its county seat is Bryson City.Swain County is home of the Nantahala River (along with Macon County, North Carolina). The Nantahala is one of the most popular whitewater rafting rivers in the nation. In 2010, it was announced that the Nantahala River would host the 2013 World Freestyle Kayaking Championships. The Oconaluftee River also flows through Swain County in the town of Cherokee. (Wikipedia Swain County). She’s somewhat close to Bryson City, NC from what I can tell.
What Lauren is seeing right now:
That’s all for now. I will be going back to when Lauren started in Georgia to give us all a better idea of her trek.