Tuesday, August 27, 2019
AT fears? Nurses and Doctors.
Early interesting Cars:
Doctor on call car in London...
And so today:
We started backpacking in our late 60s. We are asked many times if we felt any fear, as old folk, while hiking the Appalachian Trail. We did not hike the entire trail, we gave up after about 1850-1900 miles. There was only one uncomfortable time, but no fear involved. At a ‘lean-to’ there was a guy doing community service in Georgia. The courts sentenced him to several days of AT maintenance. It was obvious he had been drinking. We had planned to spend the night at that shelter where he was staying. We had no desire to do a night with him so we hiked on and pitched a tent.
On the AT there are lean-to shelters that will house up to 8-10 people. The rule is if it is raining there is no limit, even if you have to sleep standing, Hikers know that. WE never experienced that.
We had no fear on the trail. We have met many ladies who hike alone from sixteen years and into their seventies. I am smiling. The last hike I made on the AT was with my son Mark. Sherry had decided to sit this one out. Mark and I met a grandma resting. She looked up at Mark and said, “Where were you a while ago when I needed someone to carry me across that last creek?”
There are hundreds of young and old ladies who backpack that trail alone. I remember golfers who said, “The golf course is the best place to have a heart attack, there is always a doctor nearby.” Well, about the same could be said about the Trail. There are a lot of nurses and nurses in training that hike that trail. LOL
I hope you have a good week. I am headed for the hospital to have my bloodwork done for my regular appointment in the next couple weeks. My doctor is from India. I used to love to hear him talk, except when he would chide me when I changed his prescription, “YOU ARE NO DOCTA!” But I do enjoy reminding me I have lived longer than he or his dad so far. LOL He is always commenting on his dad and comparing him to me about NOT LISTENING!