Nearly everyone I talked to has some gruesome story involving a guileless acquaintance who had gone off hiking the trail with high hopes and new boots and come stumbling back two days later with a bobcat attached to his head or dripping blood from an armless sleeve and whispering in a hoarse voice, ‘Bear!’ before sinking into a troubled unconsciousness. —BILL BRYSON, A Walk in the Woods, 1998
Today I got an email from my sister Sue to tell me that both her and her son Chase will be able to join us on the trail for up to a full week of hiking. This is fantastic news, to be able to share some of the AT with my sister and nephew! We are now about packed up for the trip north and have extra gear to lend Sue and Chase for when they join us somewhere along the trail. I also heard from Holly (Share) who said they would be glad to see us for a short visit even though they are extremely busy getting their new organic farm in Virginia up and running. We are hoping to spend a few days with them and see if we can even help them out with weeding, planting or any other type of work that we may be able to do. I can't wait to see all the work they have done to bring this dream of theirs to life! Tomorrow we volunteer at The Cedar Ridge Preserve doing trail work. This is the local place we hike to get in shape for the trail and it has about 9 miles of good trails and even some of the good hills to practice on. So for now it looks like things are falling into place to finish our 2 year quest to hike the entire 2175 miles of the Appalachian Trail.