Fontana Hilton, April 20
M=6.6; C=163.7; A=1700
J: Just checked in on by the ranger here at the Fontana Hilton. Outstanding shelter here. Short but rough day for my R knee and ankle. Went in for food drop -- pack weighs way TOO much. Have to eat my way into the better hiking mileage.
Registered for the smokies hike. Called M&D and the roomies. Looks like a lot of folks caught up. Tonight: Fox, Tired Dogs, Little John, Jack in the Green and a new face. Getting dark -- should post some cards before bed.
To hike in the Smokies, one must 'register' with a little form and leave it with the ranger station so they know who is traversing the trail in the park. There's no fee so it is more of a formality than anything else.