28th - Shannon, Campbell,
Tucker and I went out on our normal Wednesday
evening hike to finish up a small section of the A.T.
from Watauga Dam Road to the Dam. This would have
been only a 2.6 mile hike, but we decided to keep
going to Watauga Lake Shelter before we turned
around, which made the hike into a moderate 4.8
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on Top of Watauga Dam
Highest Earthen Dam in the Eastern U.S.
Rests on a Rock Overlooking the Dam
was our third time on the dam this year, but our two
previous hikes were from the Shook Branch direction,
so this finished up the entire segment between the
two roads (Highway 321 and Watauga Dam Road).
Tucker, the most out-of-shape dog in Tennessee,
slowed us up a bit from time to time, but he did
well as we hustled back up the trail as the rain
started to threaten. Campbell did great too
and took our minds off the more difficult sections
of the trail with stories of his latest computer
is a very nice, moderate hike and has some wonderful
views of the lake and surrounding mountains, not to
mention crossing directly over the