Springer to Hiawassee
l”One a time”, as our little Emma says, we embarked on hiking the Appalachian Trail, with Maine as our objective, a goal that didn’t come to fruition. As I look back, it wasn’t the right time, for a number of reasons. Our planning was done solely by Fred and looking back, I said my heart was in it, it wasn’t. This year’s hike has the same objective, but with a different twist. I’m hiking my own hike and Fred is hiking his. We planned together and we both have our own personal goals. Thus far we’ve had a wonderful first week on the trail. We have taken our time, enjoying the trail, the people and the towns. We’re taking longer than we anticipated due to weather and our bodies, and that’s okay.
The hike is about the journey for us and we’re making it one to remember. We had a great first five days hiking with Dr. Scrambles and Trooper. Our friend Klincher and his girlfriend Rachel gave us a great send off, how could our hike not be anything but great.
Fred and I are soaking up the beauty we see each day and embracing the people that are coming in and out of our daily life, such as Pants the Pirate and Zen Master, Baby Chick, and German hikers, Alex and Andy buys Beer. We’ve enjoyed good laughs with all of them and are currently hiking with the Vagabond Family. Ten Degree is giving his boys Badger, 10 and Powder, 12 the adventure of any young boy’s life. The boys are smart, funny and the best-behaved kids I have seen in a very long time. They keep us from taking everything too seriously and we are embracing each day with a fresh perspective through their eyes.
This weeks climbs were hard as expected, but with unbelievably beautiful views. I photograph them to share, but also as a memory that 3-Mile and I will share with our grandchildren years from now, but my camera cannot do justice to what I see with my own eyes. As I sit looking at what God has created, I wonder just how many people will hike this same trail and will see exactly what I am seeing, not too many I imagine.
I look forward to seeing where our journey will take us over the days, weeks and months to come.
Remember, what you do today is important because you are giving up a day of your life for it.