I'm about to go eat lunch with my cousin Robert, just wanted to let everyone know that my first night of the journey was a success. Elu and I camped at Wesser Creek in the Nantahala Gorge, NC. It was very peaceful and comforting to spend my first night solo camping in a familiar place. The noises got to me a little more than usual, but Elu was there to protect me.... I will give a full-fledged update later.
right now, though, I'm hungry!