Across the lake, I found the Slaughter Creek Trail and hiked the moderate climb of 2.7 miles through a damp forest up to the intersection of the AT.
The climb on up to Blood Mtn Shelter was a bit steeper but so worth it. When I crawled up on to the big rock I met a couple who lingered a few minutes and then left.
For the first time I was able to be on that big rock with that gorgeous view by myself! The stunning view gave me pause to thank God for his Creation. Then, a couple of young ladies joined me and we had a good visit before I took off back down the AT in the southern direction.
I passed the Slaughter Creek Trail intersection and continued a couple of miles to Jarrard Gap where I turned right on the old road bed. Another mile and I was back at Lake Winfield Scott. I had not met a soul on the trail except for up at the rock. There are times when I long for a companion and there are times when I appreciate the aloneness. Today, I appreciated the time by myself: hearing the crack of a limb from a squirrel moving about in a tree, the sing-song of a bird, or seeing the beauty of rain glistening on wet leaves. It was a good day to be on a trail. (about 8 miles round trip)