Memorable Automobiles from The Past:
1967 Corvair Monza
1967 Corvair Monza
For our test run, we headed back to Standing Indian Mountain near Franklin NC where the seed had been planted in my girl’s mind to hike the trail.
As in many mountains there are easy hikes and tough hikes to get to the top. We had always taken the easy walk to the top but on this adventure, the first with REAL backpacks, WE (I) chose the one that goes practically straight up and a little rough. I was in a hurry to get to the top to start this ‘great adventure.’ My first REAL mistake. If you are backpacking there is no real reason to HURRY.
Okay, after climbing 30 minutes, we are already tired and we were ready to take a break. I took off my pack threw it on the ground and said: “Honey, we have done some stupid things in our lives, but this is the stupidest one yet!” That was not fair to my girl, she had followed all my very crazy dreams, this was her idea. So we took a few minutes to rest and continued the climb, the rest wasn’t so bad. LOL
On that short 2 days trip, we met only one hiker as I remember. I do not remember getting his trail name, because we were not familiar with trail names at that time.
There was one very ‘neat part of the hike, and Sherry didn’t even fuss. WE walked a 50 foot rock ledge, at times as narrow as 6 inches across a rock wall with a drop-off of about 100 feet. The rock wall angled back so we could lean on it, so really wasn’t that dangerous, but looked like it.
Oh, one other thing that was significant, we passed a fire tower, there were many names carved into the wooden structure the name that stuck out was “ERIC RUDOLPF”. At that time he was hiding out in the North Carolina Mountains. He was the Olympic Bomber.
Eric declared our government illegal under Bill Clinton and his plan was to raise that awareness and get enough support to overthrow the government. To get attention he exploded a bomb during the Atlanta Olympic games.
Anyway, the two day hike was successful for us, so we were sure we were ready to tackle that over 2000 miles of hiking. LOL I planning 16 miles a day. LOL
PS Chatty mentioned the movie, "A Walk in the Woods." It is a good movie BUT like most movies , the book is much better.