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[at-l] Bound for Maine
- Subject: [at-l] Bound for Maine
- From: KarenS62@aol.com
- Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2000 13:08:34 EST
I just got in the door from dropping Kristen, Ryan and Nate off at the trail
- I couldn't believe the loss I felt at their leaving. Not only was it
upsetting to not be going myself, I actually miss them already. Kristen was
due in at 10pm on Saturday night but the flight was delayed until after 2.
Ryan, Nate and I hung out in the airport waiting - it took about fifteen
minutes before our little section of empty seats resembled a shelter with
boots, sunglasses, assorted gear and bodies draped over the chairbacks. It
was 3 am by the time we actually got home and by that time the decision had
been made to not get up at 7am to hike the approach trail.
We all hung out here yesterday morning - had a huge breakfast; talked,
laughed, sorted, eliminated and repacked gear and food - I have more gorp and
ramen now than I will EVER use as well as tons of extra gear! After I found
and recited the story of Friar Tuck, they all reached deeper in their packs
and now I also have a stash of lotion, deodorant and hair gel. We finally
headed north about 1 pm, stopped at the Amicalola visitor center, weighed
packs and then sorted, eliminated and repacked food and gear :) The last
weights were 58, 58 and 53 - still heavy, but we eliminated over 20 pounds
between the three of them.
There were six other thruhikers camped at the top of Springer and another
half dozen at the shelter. Jason, the new GATC ridgerunner, said he had met
29 thruhikers yesterday. We had a great sunset then a supper of jambalaya and
off to bed for an early start. It was a beautiful night last night-the stars
were super bright and the fog didn't roll in until breakfast.
Pictures this morning, a hike down the mountain, a water refill and then they
were off to Maine and I went home to piles of "stuff" to be shipped to
parents all over the country :) I just sent the pictures off to be developed
and will post when they are back.
Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end
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