Just got back yesterday from 5 days on the trail. My daughter and I hiked about 42 miles, Devil's Fork Gap to just north of Erwin Tennessee. It was a great trip. The best views were atop Big Bald. My daughter crashed for a while there.... Then we moved on to little bald, a flower covered mountain next door... There were a few other mountain views, but these were the best by far. I challenged myself to make our three meals a day over the fire. It was a success, taking about an additional 1/2 hour per meal to build the fire. Here you can see our approach to Big Bald.... Another new trick this year was moving away from chemicals to treat out water. My new 2 liter C-Noc bags and a Sawyer mini-filter gravity system worked fast and the water tasted great. As two of the water sources were very far from the shelter, this system was very appreciated. Continued….