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[at-l] so...let me ask you this...
- Subject: [at-l] so...let me ask you this...
- From: camojack at comcast.net (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Date: Mon Apr 4 22:32:41 2005
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> > ... Does anything
> > besides "double-helix" rhyme with Felix?
> > Waterfall
- Greenbriar From art at crystalacresnh.com Mon Apr 4 22:05:04 2005
From: art at crystalacresnh.com (Art Cloutman)
Date: Mon Apr 4 23:26:17 2005
Subject: [at-l] One Year ago Today
One year ago today(4/04/05) I left Black Gap Shelter with
Aprilshowers, Trainman, Hoover, and Ladybug to begin my great
adventure from Springer Mountain. Bonespur joined our group at the
FS42 parking lot hiking with us to Hickery Flats Cemetery where that
awesome trail angel, Pittsburgh, brought us water and food and camped
with us for our first night on the AT. I hiked assuming I could do
it alone but never felt so lonesome as when all of those who started
with me had either left the trail or walked on ahead after the great
party given to us at Tray Gap. I should have known that new friends
were waiting at the next shelter, Tray Mountain.
I discovered that separation from family and friends hurt more than
muscle strain, sprained ankles, hiker rash, rain storms, snow, rocks,
heat and everything else the trail threw at me. My best days were
days with friends and my lowest days occured when friends moved on
ahead or dropped behind. It was friends like Bill and Julie,
Goosebump, Poky, Burnie, Flava and Rainbow that pulled me out of
the low days and kept me walking. It was Friends at home and
strangers, it was members of AT-L who signed my guest book and sent
me email. Like James Jones, Liteshoe, earthworm, and many more.
The hike was everything I expected. But what I didn't expect was how
much I needed and enjoyed the friends I found along the way. People
are what make the AT such a special trail. I miss it terribly.