The courageous siblings hit a patch of terrible weather at the start of their third week. A ridiculous thunder storm greeted them Monday morning. Along with it came wind, snow and hail! The following morning they awoke to 2 inches of snow and 20 miles of trail to cover in order to get to Gatlinburg, TN by Gretel's Birthday on the 6th. This trail would take them over Clingmans Dome; the highest point on the entire Appalachian Trail reaching 6,643 feet above sea level.
Meanwhile, Terry and Randy, a kind couple Hansel and Gretel met at the start of the Trail, waited anxiously at their home in Gatlinburg, ready to welcome the travelers into their home the moment they arrived. An icy 4 mile hike on Wednesday morning carried Hans and Gretel the last stretch into Gatlinburg, where they were greeted with such selfless kindness!
Here are some pictures of their extreme weather!
Clingmans Dome: elevation 6,643 ft above sea level
"Whose woods are these I think I know."