Days 14 & 15: Thump!

Yesterday was Winding Stair Gap to Wayah Bald, 11ish miles. Today was a huge day, all the way to A Rufus Morgan Shelter, 15.5 mikes! Tomorrow should be shorter but almost all uphill.

Someone at camp tonight asked “Have any of you heard that weird thumping noise?”. Yes, most of us have, and we all thought we were going crazy. It’s kind of like a helicopter but starts out wirh one thump then several more getting faster and faster until it stops. It only lasts a few seconds, and it’s not very loud. We’ve all been hearing it for the last several days.

Weird, right? Glad someone asked!

Update: googled it while I have electricity. It is probably the sound of a ruffed grouse taking off: http://sectionhiker.com/close-encounters-with-spruce-grouse/

2 Comments »

  1. Mom Said,

    March 28, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

    Spooky! Yes, good that others heard it, too. At least you know you’re not crazy – or maybe that all are? (Kidding) Any guesses about what it is & is it specific to the area where you’ve been? Big days you’re having. Impressive.

  2. Evie Said,

    March 29, 2011 @ 12:34 am

    I don’t know if it’s it or not, but you’re not terribly far from a US Home Security department in Lumpkin Co and a military base slightly south west of Atlanta…perhaps they are the source of this mysterious thumping! Or…you know, big foot, giants, ghosts, and the like (;

    Love reading your posts!! Stay safe!!

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