Greetings Philadelphians!

My first week or so on the Appalachian Trail has not gone as scripted.

I had hoped to avoid winter with a March 15th start.

However, I quickly learned that the Groundhog doesn't know everything.

I woke up this morning to a temperature of 18 degrees and an inch of snow covering all of nature around me. Burr!

I've also been sidelined for a few days by a severe head cold.

Now how could I have come down with that?

All in all, it has been a good start.

This Georgia section of the trail remains just as tough and beautiful as I remembered it.

I love mountain woods in winter as all the rocks and folds are open to your eye.

The photo accompanying this posting shows me perched high atop Big Cedar Mountain north of Woody Gap in Georgia.

Often the difficulty of the climb is rewarded with a view such as this, which makes it all worthwhile.

I should be crossing into North Carolina on Monday.

­One state down, 13 more to go!

So long

for now.

­- Don Caviness, pastor of First Presbyte-rian Church, is currently on a six month, from March through August, trek across the Appalachian Trail.