Wednesday morning at around 6:30 am we left my house and drove up to Amicalola Falls Visitor Center to sign in with the ATC. After that we drove up to Springer Mountain and hiked .9miles up to the summit and the southern terminus of the trail. My dad and I set out from the parking lot after saying bye to mom and Gigee around 11:30. We had planned on hiking 15.1 miles to the Gooch Mountain Shelter but quickly re-evaluated that. From the moment we parked at Springer until around 3am on Thursday it was steadily raining. We got tired of it very quickly and were ready to dry off. Long story short, it rained, everything got wet, it rained more. We ended up calling it a day at Hawk Mountain Shelter for a total of 9.6 miles on the day including the initial hike up Springer. Met a few people. All conversation centering around what a terrible day it was on trail and how wet everything was. We crawled into sleeping bags and crashed for the night around 7. My body definitely isn’t used to this early to sleep early to rise thing so I could use some prayers for that! Other than wet and cold, I had an awesome Day 1. I am blessed just to be out here and even though I know it is going to be the hardest most demanding thing I’ve ever done, I couldn’t be more excited for Day 2. Even though it’s supposed to rain all day tomorrow as well. Oh well.