I explained it was a hiker’s shelter and my wife and I were there for the night. We passed the time of day and they went on past the shelter on a side trail. I thought they would get lost, I did not hear any more about them, so they must have made it. They were staying at Cades Cove, and the trail they took did not go there.
Sherry just hates to hike without a bath. So just as soon as we stop for the day she heads off into the woods or the privy, and using ‘handi-wipes’ gives herself a bath. She never gets stinky like most hikers. LOL
The one reason I mention Spence Field Shelter is an incident that happened a few days later. We hike slow so the hikers behind us catch up and pass. One night we spent the night over looking a beautiful valley and a young hiker came in late. Everyone swaps trail stories but he had a good one. He stayed at Spence shelter a couple nights after us. In the morning he was preparing to leave, but took a run down to the privy, leaving his pack. He heard a growl and saw a bear dragging his pack off. He said he actually ran and did a tug of war with the bear for the pack, but lost. The bear dragged it off a piece and started going through the pack. He ate what food he could find along with his trail meds, Ibuprophen, salve etc. Then he left the pack. That was the only ‘bad bear’ encounter we heard of.
At night most hikers throw a rope over a tree limb and pull their packs up in the air away from animals, especially bears. You hang it after you have eaten and leave all food in the pack. You don’t want to invite the bear into your tent with the smell of chocolate or peanut butter.
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