Tony Pierce
                                From the top of Max Patch

Tony Pierce
                                Summer is coming

Tony Pierce
                                Laurel Falls on the AT

"I left Walnut Mountain shelter at 7:45. It was a big climb up Bluff Mountain early in the day, but easier hiking afterwards. I made it to Hot Springs, NC around 1:15 pm and stopped at the Smoky Mountains Diner for a big greasy cheeseburger and fries. Papa Bear was there and told me Grasshopper was staying at the Alpine Court hotel just up the road from the diner."
                          From my AT Journal, May 2007