A few months ago, a friend of mine brought up the topic of Hiking. He and an acquaintance of mine would hike a couple times a year, and the photos always looked amazing. We thought it would be fun to go on a hike together, so a date was picked and I had little belief that it would actually happen. But, plans were made and the trip was getting closer and closer.
On Friday, September 20th, we left Eastern North Carolina before lunch on our way to Eastern Tennessee. Of course, we had to make a pit stop at REI because what outdoor excursion would be complete without stopping here. I left with a cup and camping spork.
Along the way, we decided it was time to grab dinner. The Pickin’ Pig BBQ place had a 4 star review, and we were starving and looking for something to eat on the right side of the road so it made sense to check it out. We got some complimentary hush puppies and ordered more. There were 4 of us, and we ended up ordering 2 of the sampler platters to share.
We arrived at the Mountain Harbour Hostel and checked in. I was excited, and a little concerned over what our stay would entail. Once I walked inside the Hostel though, I was amazed at how cool it was inside. We checked in and found our beds and met another family that was staying with their 9 year old girl. We cracked open a beverage to toast our upcoming adventure and determined a change of venue may be in order. There was another Hostel up the road that advertised music.
After checking out The Station at 19E, we went back to our Hostel and setup a campfire. Everything was going great until one of our party blew out the fire – no lie! We laughed and cracked jokes and rebuilt the fire even better. After a few more beverages, it was time to head to bed. Breakfast would come early, and our shuttle to Carver’s Gap would be right after. None of us slept well – accusing each other of snoring and making noise.
The next morning, after trying to locate coffee, we walked up to the main building and were treated to an amazing breakfast. French toast, eggs, pastry, and excellent coffee. But, shortly after breakfast, it was time to load in the van and head off to Carver’s Gap.
I wont bore you with more words and instead, will share with you the photos of this amazing trip with friends…