I was up at 7 am. Packed my gear and headed uphill to Springer Mountain, the official start of the Appalachian Trail. I took a photo of the plaque and headed back to the parking lot. Onward!
The landscape was rather gray with most of the trees and shrubs without leaves. Eastern white pines, eastern hemlocks, holly shrubs provided some dark green. The trail was easy without many steep climbs on the first day. Plenty of small creeks with clear water. I saw about 30 people today of all ages. I may have been the oldest. Perhaps half of the folks I met were not seasoned hikers, some were struggling. But they were on the trail. God bless them.
The forest is starting to awaken with some trees and shrubs, especially on south- facing slopes, leafed out. I saw several wild flowers including red columbines, blue dwarf irises, and blue, white, and yellow violets. My feet are happy, in part because I soaked them in a creek this afternoon. I'm camped on Rimrock Mountain with a grand view of the forested countryside. A great first day!