AT Happiness: Trail Suprises

AT Happiness: Trail Suprises

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The AT is full of surprises.  I’ve ended up hiking with the brother of someone I went to law school with 25 years ago completely by accident.  There are of course unexpected vistas and tucked away spots. My favorite, a rural church, was a covered picnic area a tenth of a mile off of the trail.  I ate a peaceful and wonderful lunch there on a sunny afternoon.

Photo by Shaggy Hobo

Photo by Shaggy Hobo

I’ve gotten lost three times so far and once found a heart shaped lichen on a tree (similar to the moss one in the picture above), second time I found an old grave yard where the most recent burial was 1900.  Yesterday we also came upon the wonderful old dam in the picture above.

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The boys at Hemlock Hollow

Today we found Mom’s Store, a perfect hiker stop two hours in and only 100 feet off of the trail.   While there we learned a storm was coming in and that there was a hostel just up the trail a bit.  Throw in the chance to slack pack 20 miles tomorrow and the rain starting and here we are at Hemlock Hollow having a happy day my friends.  – Rev Kane

About revmichaelkane

Reverend Michael Kane is a writer, photographer, educator, speaker, adventurer and a general sampler of life. His most recent book about hiking and happiness is Appalachian Trail Happiness available in soft cover and Kindle on Amazon
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