Monday, April 28, 2008
Friends on the Trail
Well, we're still here in Erwin due to torrential rains and the aroma of Pizza Plus...
Thought I'd go ahead and put some more pics up while I have all this unlimited internet access. I'm thrilled to report that I was able to cut more patches/straps/pockets etc. off my pack and mail some more clothes home. Cutting pack weight is better than pizza - and you can quote me on that.
I thought I'd go ahead and share some pics of the people we've met along the way. Trail life would never be as good without them!
Random order of both friends and chronology.
Happy Tracker on the top of Blackstack Cliffs.
Dustan in Hot Springs at the outfitter with Wayne - a gear expert with an all-too elusive ingredient: HUMILITY.
Hoot and Sundance in the Smokies. Check them out at wayfaringnorth.blogspot.com (basically they're telling the same story, we're hiking together!)
Random one of me that I can't rotate - I take great lengths to get bananas on the trail.
Muffin Paste overlooking North Carolina (or is Tennessee?)
Holler at the post office (also not rotated).
Dustan by a stream.
Bert. Great guy - used to have looooooong hair. Has a dog at home named Ernie that looks like Trail.
Matthewski. I took his picture by this sign because it pretty much captures him. He's 47 and you would never know it. He's a little crazy. I think people are looking for him....
Freefall, Bert, Longshot, Paste. And the dog - Heidi. We were at a home of some former thru-hikers who gave AMAZING trail magic. We're talking belgian waffles, a long drink list, veggie beef stew, and for dessert - banana splits, ice cream sundaes, etc. I have pictures, but those are for another time.
The gang hiking.
The gang eating breakfast in a gas station in Erwin, TN where a short-order cook makes some mean biscuits and gravy. Blaze and The Breeze are the ones seated. Great guys.
Happy Tracker. We love this guy. Yes, he's always happy. Tracker because he tracked a bear and recovered some bear bags. This picture was taken in the morning and we were all eating breakfast but he charmed our waitress into bringing him a double cheeseburger with fries. At like 9 in the morning.
Crashing at a shelter. Holler, Bert, Paste.
Cayenne and Rie. We miss you guys! Somehow we got separated. These are our American Idol buffs. Go David Archuletta