Friday–March 12, 2021
Location–Mack White Gap, then to home of Tim and Donna Tate, Ringgold
Happy times, sad times–had to bid goodbye to Angela last evening, then this morning, as Tim drops Copperhead and me off at Highpoint Trailhead, it’s farewell to him. Plans are for them to meet up and hike some with me on up the trail, so I’ll take solace in those thoughts for now.
Another great hiking day is in the making as we set to the 700′ climb back up and onto to the ridge beyond Highpoint. At the campsite near the old firetower we catch up with Ryan and Little John. They’re in the process of breaking camp as we pass and they soon come along to join us–and hike with us the remainder of the day.
Copperhead, Little John, Ryan and I aren’t the only ones making tracks today. A segment of the trail passes along an old dirt road, and in the dirt are fresh turkey and deer tracks! So very appropriate, the turkey tracks. The word Pinhoti is Cherokee for Turkey Home. The symbol on the plastic Pinhoti Trail blaze is the turkey track!
A short break mid-morning, then we hike it on down to US-27 at Mack White Gap–and the end to this exceptionally fine day trekking the Georgia Pinhoti Trail!
Evening now, after dropping Ryan and Little John off at Coach Inn in Summerville, we continue on to Ringgold, where we’re the guests at the home of Tim and Donna Tate.
The Wanderlust has blest me in a ragged blanket curled,
I’ve watched the gulf of Heaven foam with stars;
I’ve walked with eyes wide open to the wonder of the world,
I’ve seen God’s flood of glory burst its bars.