Memorable Automobiles from The Past:
Long ago Sherry and I were in a North Carolina State Park. I remember three major happenings.
1. As Sherry and I walked on a trail there, out of the woods popped two newlyweds that had been lost for hours and just found a trail they recognized. They were hugging and crying in relief.
2. I saw the Park Ranger driving his truck thru camp sites (not tearing up anything, but driving where there were no roads). When he reached the park road he floored the truck and sped out of the park. He was taking a man who was dying of a BEE Sting!!! He barely reached the hospital in time, having radioed ahead, the serum was ready.
This is 'Cricket' a Thru Hiker she made the whole trail alone. Hikers are known only by their trail name.
Sherry met some dirty, smelly backpackers. They explained they were headed for Mt. Katahdin in Maine on the AT.
By the time we reached the camper at the bottom of the mountain she had TOLD me: WE are not selling everything and sailing the world, BUT we can hike the AT, OKAY? WHAT????
The next day in Franklin NC we visited a Library and learned more about the trail. Went to a book store and bought the book “A Walk in the Woods” (recommended by the librarian)….. A seed was planted........
About the trail:
The AT is the longest supported hiking trail in the world. Volunteers in each state work to protect and keep the dead fall trees cut and washed out areas repaired. The Trail starts atop Springer Mountain, Georgia. It winds thru 14 states as it makes its way North about 2200 miles to the peak of Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park of Northern Maine.
Elevations. The thru hiker will have climbed the equivalent of Mt. Everest (29,029 ft) 16 times by the time they finish.
I have actually been asked if it is ‘lighted’; once a man asked if it is paved. Of course the answer is ‘no’ to both. It is a worn path marked by a 2”x6” white blaze on trees, pavement, posts and walls.
The hike is very easy in places, tough as nails, some vertical spots, rough as spiked rocks, and several Fat man squeezes.
People who hike the entire trail in a year are called ‘THRU HIKERS or Two thousand Milers’.
PS : A Mr & Miss understanding: