Springer Mountain -Chapter 1

I fly to Atlanta to begin my adventure. I will walk on the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain, Georgia to central Virginia.

Landing in Atlanta.

I read Chapter 1 of the Tao te Ching:

“The tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.”

The next day, I take a shuttle to the trail – Springer Mountain, GA. It rains.

The beginning of the Appalachian Trail. I continue reading from the Tao te Ching (translated by Steven Mitchell).

“The unnamable is the eternally real.
Naming is the origin
of all particular things.”

“Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.”

“Yet mystery and manifestations
arise from the same source.
This source is called darkness.”

“Darkness within darkness.
The gateway to all understanding.”

I walk for three days toward Neals Gap. It is Labor Day weekend — many people are out for the day.

“The tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao”

“The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.”

 

 

Blood Mountain Shelter – close to Neals Gap.

Inside the Blood Mountain Shelter.

 

My hammock – the hostile was not open due to drainage problems.

“The unnamable is the eternally real.”

Sunrise- I walk on toward Dicks Creek Gap.

“Naming is the origin
of all particular things.”

“Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.”

“Yet mystery and manifestations
arise from the same source.”

“This source is called darkness.”

“Darkness within darkness.
The gateway to all understanding.”

 

Protective posture

“The tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao”

Barry and Becky from central Pennsylvania

Three Indian guys

Rattlesnake

“The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.”

Rattlesnake

 

Walking toward Dicks Creek Gap

I saw many Korean people.

I make coffee.

The gateway to all understanding.

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