We got up early and hiked the 5.5 miles to Fontana Dam. The hike went quickly as we passed the time talking about our excitement to receive our mail drop of goodies, the opportunity to take a short day at “The Fontana Hilton” and the opportunity to take a warm shower. We took a shuttle into the village, picked up our package and spent time reading notes from friends and family. The Fontana Village is made up of a post office, laundromat, ice cream shoppe, general store and resort with lodging and food. We indulged with burgers at the bistro and hiked the remaining mile to the Fontana Shelter. 14 hikers stayed the night at the shelter that night and we all spent the evening drinking Yeungling and sharing mail drop treats.