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Appalachian Trail - A photo journey

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Lucky2HaveMe posted 5/16/2014 09:19 AM

My DS is hiking the trail. I have posted about it in OT, but with pics I know the mods like to keep pics in F&G. So for your virtual enjoyment.

Hiker's Tan (or dirty legs - I'm unsure

When hikers find civilization

The *free* moonshine that cost him $200 in fines

Beautiful Sunrises

And Views - Officially 2 states down


[This message edited by Lucky2HaveMe at 9:21 AM, May 16th (Friday)]

gahurts posted 5/16/2014 09:34 AM

WOW! Great pictures. We were just at Amacalola Falls last week. I wish him safe travels and good weather.

Lucky2HaveMe posted 5/17/2014 08:32 AM

Thanks GH! They have run into some rough weather, but have survived. I was a bit worried with the storms that went through recently, but they are inland enough that it didn't impact them too badly.

This weekend they are at Trail Days in Damascus, VA. They were excited that they hit Damascus with perfect timing.

MovingUpward posted 5/17/2014 08:41 AM

cool. I can't wait for more pictures.

Sad in AZ posted 5/17/2014 09:56 AM

You're handling it well mom

I'm so envious! Sending him mojo for good weather from now on and safe travels.

Lucky2HaveMe posted 5/17/2014 10:08 AM

You're handling it well mom

Ah thanks
He is so well prepared, I have no real worries. And he will be home in a few weeks for his sister's wedding so that helps

He will then turn right around and head back out.

IrishLass518 posted 5/17/2014 10:13 AM

What a beautiful trail. I may have just added something to my bucket list
Thank you for sharing

Want2help posted 5/17/2014 14:38 PM

This is soooo cool. I have wanted to do the Pacific Crest Trail for years now!

If anyone's interested in reading about these long, crazy treks in memoir form, a local author here wrote about it in her book "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail". I thought it was a great book.

Thanks for sharing your son's awesome photos!!

Lucky2HaveMe posted 5/18/2014 13:33 PM

That reminds me - I wanted to read the App Trail book "A Walk in the Woods" while he is hiking... gotta get that! I'm about 300 miles behind!

I'll share more pics as his travels continue. I'm guess the one of him eating a sandwich next to the port-a-johns isn't of big interest!

Lucky2HaveMe posted 6/12/2014 11:10 AM

He is on his way home for his sister's wedding

Since my last post, his phone died (won't charge) so no pics for the last month or so. A bear ate his food - even in a bear bag, hung in a tree twisted with a stick, etc etc. The bear left his salt & pepper packets, the seasoning packets from raemen noodles and his instant coffee.

They wanted to rent a car to drive home for the wedding, but without a major credit card, they were turned away. A couple in the rental car agency overheard their story and offered them a ride from Pearisburg VA to Philadelphia. They took them up on that offer and left this morning. They were hoping finding a bus/train from Philly home would be easier than from where they were.

10 hours on a bus/train @ $100-$200 ea was daunting. I checked out flights and was able to get them flights home with frequent flyer miles Had to pay $80/ea for the privilege of using the miles, but still cheaper and a whole lot quicker than the other options.

I will snap a pic of how they look upon arrival.
It will be a full weekend full of emotions here!

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Jrazz posted 6/12/2014 11:52 AM

I bet it well. Mom to mom, I so relieved that the bear went for the food and left him alone!

Love the pictures. What an adventure!

Lucky2HaveMe posted 6/13/2014 07:33 AM

Home & Hairy (much to his sister's chagrin). Hair & beard grooming this afternoon (much to his chagrin!)

Deeply Scared posted 6/13/2014 09:39 AM

Awesome!! What a great experience!!! Glad he's back home safe and sound

Lucky2HaveMe posted 6/13/2014 10:27 AM

He's only home for the wedding - He's back out there Monday morning and won't see him again until probably Sept/Oct.

nowiknow23 posted 6/13/2014 11:50 AM

So glad he made it home for the wedding.

You've got a big weekend ahead of you!

Lucky2HaveMe posted 6/27/2014 09:13 AM

800 Mile Mark - Near Buena Vista VA

SandAway posted 6/28/2014 21:15 PM

Just a couple hours away from us :-)

The picture above the clouds is breathtaking....

Lucky2HaveMe posted 6/30/2014 17:58 PM

This week's pic is not so breathtaking - or at least not in the same way. His caption:
"Picked 6 of these buggers off me in the last few days"

Lucky2HaveMe posted 7/24/2014 14:31 PM

Crossing the Potomac into Maryland. 5 states down.

OMG! This gives mom heart palpitations!

jo2love posted 7/24/2014 16:49 PM

The one where he is on the edge of a rock.

Beautiful pics!!!

Rebreather posted 7/24/2014 18:20 PM

Wow, what an amazing journey! I just read a memoior of someone who did the PCT. So inspiring!

Please tell him to move away from the edge of that rock, though! Oy!

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