Bill K. drives his loaded down vehicle with Reggie, Janet, and J.D. past Suches, Georgia, to Woody Gap where they jump out and quickly heft packs on to their backs. It is a perfect temperature at 5 o'clock as they start southward; the air fresh and spirits high. Bill sets the pace and his female devotees stay close on his heels. Cresting the ridge of Ramrock Mtn. they enjoy the splendid view!
Day 3: The group had agreed to wake up by 5:45am and get started early, but Bill jumps the gun a bit and is up by 4:15am. Soon, the group has on headlamps, quietly preparing coffee, hot chocolate, oatmeal, etc. By 5:50am, they wait for a bit of light so they can start off safely. Bill hints it is sometimes nice to hike in the dark, and that is all it takes for them to get boots on the trail.
It is surreal. For long stretches, soft mist plays on the profusion of ferns spied by the bouncing light of the headlamps. Bill points out the interesting half-white ferns in one area which we think is due to the effects of drought.