We passed 2 fire watch towers today, and they are not placed on the lowest hills in the area…our total ascend for the day was 1150m (and we did just under 25km).
The interesting thing is that I have now seen 3 of these towers, and they all look so different. What they have in common is magnificent views from the top – if you make the effort to climb the stairs.
The second tower of the day came just before our camping spot for the night and nothing could entice me to go to the top, I was stuffed.
They say the AT is the best marked trail in the world and so far I have no reason to dispute that. The sign posts for the route is very simple and visible: a white blaze painted on the trees, and you don’t have to walk very far between two blazes. When there is a fork in the path (or if the direction of the path changes drastically) there are 2 blazes, if the top blaze is to the right you are going to fork/turn to the right, if it is right above the bottom blaze you go straight and if it is to the left you are going to head left:
The only trick is that one can walk the trail from North to South (SOBO or southbound) or, like us and the majority of thruhikers, from South to North (NOBO). The blazes are white for both routes. If you get confused one morning and set off in the wrong direction, the white blazes won’t be a warning that you are walking back where you came from. I think they should have used different colours for the different directions.
The water sources are marked in the same way, but using blue blazes.
Tomorrow I am going to keep my promise and tell you about bear vaults and safe guarding your food from bears. In case you find yourself lost in the woods one day 😀