Monday, July 2, 2012

01 July 2012

Hello friends~!
I'm here for a little update.  A few nights ago there was a massive thunderstorm that hit the Virginia (and others) area that I am currently at.  3 million people were out of power, but I think they cut that number back to a meer 1.5M now.  I haven't been on the trail for 4 days because of the damage (and a fire in the Shenandoah's), but am currently working on that asap.  I should be getting back on the trail tonight or in the morning.  I miss you all!

16 June 2012

Dragon's Tooth!

McAffee Knob!!

This is the most photographed spot on the whole AT!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

04 June 2012

I stayed in a Hostel called 'Wood's Hole' which I enjoyed immensely.  I arrived around dinner time and when the dinner bell rang, we held hands in a circle, said our trail names, where we were from, and what we were thankful for.  It was indeed awkward to begin with, but after other hikers said that they were thankful for the sun, fellowship, cool days, and places like Wood's Hole, we began to eat the most amazing organic, homemade meal.  I'm not sure if it was pure starvation or the hard work that went into the making of the meal itself, but still to this day, the meal at 'Wood's Hole' is the best I've had on the trail. 

One of the gates to their organic home grown veggies.

 One of many chickens running around the farm.

31 May 2012

Trail Angels are people that go out of their way to help hikers.  Whether it is setting out gallon jugs of water in dry areas, refilling coolers full of cold soda, sitting in gaps for hours waiting for hungry hikers to feed, or driving stinky hikers into town, all is much appreciated and talked about for days.

This was the case before heading to Bland, VA. It was going to be a 20 mile day, but on mile 16, I arrived to my group with smiles on every face.  On a sign was a phone number for hikers to call if showers, hot meals, or shelter was needed.   Shortly, a member of Burke's Garden Lutheran Church arrived to pick me and 4 other hikers up into town.  They fed us an all-you-can-eat buffet at KFC, showered us at the local YMCA, let us stay at their church for the night, fed us homemade pancakes for breakfast, and shuttled us back.