AT Happiness: Trail Suprises
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.
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.
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