May 3rd: I spent the prior night on top of Beauty Spot Gap, an amazing clearing to watch sunrise and sunset from. Just before noon I summited Unaka Mountain at 5180'. On top of the mountain was an amazing spruce forest so dense that you could easily get lost in it. Luckily there was a large group at the campsite the night before so it was easy to follow voices through the trees.
May 4th: Today brought about a new milestone- Around lunch I stopped at Roan High Knob Shelter, the highest on the trail at 6194'. The (relatively) high elevation meant it was a bit chilly up there so after a quick lunch I was excited to descend Roan. A little ways down the trail was Jane Bald with 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains, included Roan. The other highlight of the day was spending the night at Overmountain Shelter which was an old barn that they rehabbed into a AT shelter. The site, in Yellow Mountain Gap, had amazing views, a great water source and could fit about 30 people. I ended up stringing up my hammock in the upstairs loft with three other hammockers.
May 5th: After flip-flopping across the border a few times I finally left NC for the last time and crossed over into TN. Right before I got into the Mountaineer Shelter for the night, I crossed the 400 mile mark!
May 6th: The morning started out a another beautiful day on the trail, but unfortunately the afternoon brought some rain. Luckily, I was able to duck into the Black Bear Hostel to resupply and to wait out the storm. Soon I was back on the trail and came across Laurel Falls, an amazing waterfall with ice cold water to sooth aching feet :)
May 7th: The morning was spent walking around Watauga Lake, a gorgeous site near Hampton, TN. Soon I'll be in Virginia!