Thursday, May 12 - Day 49 - Mile 488.2 - Elk Garden
Today we were driven about 24 miles north of Damascus so we can walk back today and tomorrow for Trail Days.
The day is perfect. We walked from Elk Gardens - Mile 488.2 back to Saunders Shelter at mile 473.8 a 14.4 mile day. Tomorrow we'll finish with 9.4 miles back to Damascus to celebrate Trail Days with friends and family. We were ready to stop after 7 1/2 hours of hiking today. I didn't get much sleep last night with all the celebrating going on around the hostel.
There's a lot of activity on the trail with visiting past thru hikers coming and going into town. Its amazing how far some have traveled to hike a section of the trail and spend this weekend in Damascus for Trail Days.
Hiking back to Damascus