I saw many ticks just hanging out on the tips of the tall grasses, hooks outstretched, just waiting to grab a hold of some unfortunate passerby.
I took this picture a couple of days ago. They were growing alongside the road in Jackson State Forest (above).
I thought a lot about the AT today, and wondered if it would be possible for a 2012 attempt. It's been very hard to stay in the moment again the last few days, always wishing I was somewhere else.