We woke up to an awesome sunrise, dried the dew soaked tent and sleeping bags, loaded up and headed into the Grayson Highlands State Park. We hiked across the Appalachian Trail to the Wise Shelter, I always stop at shelters and read some of the through hiker’s posts. This shelter is just past the 1/4 mark of the whole trail. We hopped off the AT to head up a horse trail with better views as we made our way back to Scales and the Taco. The weather was great and hiking with a daughter has got to be one of the greatest gifts, talking about whatever enters her mind and being alone without electronic things. (one note: both of Sam’s hiking boots, (Merrells) came unglued at the soles. Gaffers tape and parachute cord saved the day.)
Sam and I headed north for a quick backpacking trip. After a late start and a long bumpy drive down a forest service road in the Mount Rodgers National Recreation Area, we started hiking at 2pm, heading north on the Appalachian Trail from a spot called “Scales” an old cattle weigh station. We turned south on Pine Mountain Trail along the Lewis Fork Wilderness, across Rhododendron Gap. It was getting late and we couldn’t find a spot to sleep, so we hiked till 7pm, cooked dinner before setting up camp. As night fell, the dew made it feel like it was raining, but we enjoyed a small fire, read and went to bed.
All the second year photography students went on a field trip to visit the Photo Vision exhibit at the Ackland Museum on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The exhibit features photographs from the museum’s collection, split into several themes, including Photography and Multiplicity, Sacred Spaces, Process and Product, Staging the Image and A Daisy Chain.