On March 9th my dad, sister and her friend Clay, picked Caroline and myself up from my apartment in Columbus to drive down to Georgia. It felt like such a long drive for me because I was so excited, but it was only 8-9 hours. I set up and tested the sattelitephone my parents got me to carry on the way down. It’s really nice to have and gives my mom a peace of mind. I can send her some preset messages saying I’m okay whenever I have a GPS signal.
We arrived at Amicalola around 7pm. It was dark and the fog was incredibly thick. When we finally found the campground we set up tents in the rain. We sat in the car for a while playing games and eating our left over subway for dinner. The forecast looked great when we went to sleep. It started raining around midnight and did not stop. It’s 6am right now and it still hasn’t stopped. Setting off with heavy wet gear isn’t ideal. I have a little hope we will make it to the shelter before others tonight to grab a spot and we can dry out our gear a tiny bit there. The entire weekly forecast changes each time I look at it. I don’t think my goodwill light weight rain coat is waterproof and I completely forgot the outfit I was going to hike in. I only have one cotton shirt with me which is a big no for wet and cold weather.