They Come and They Go

It’s weird how you can hike with a person for just a week or two and you feel like you’ve known them forever.
My week started with hotdogs over a campfire, shared between friends and the next day my hiking buddy, Bison, had to leave the trail because of bad knees. I threw myself a great pity party and hiked along all lonely and limpy until I finally stopped at a shelter and made new friends. Friends du jour because they all disappeared after a day. Now I’m in search of the perfect hiking partner. Not too many old ladies out here!
So these are the friends I’ve found along the way…..

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Everything is starting to bloom
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Old fire tower
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Took nap under this fire tower
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And I can also use chimp tools to get my water
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Found 4 tiny eggs under a rock. Not enough for breakfast.

The week actually got better with my foot almost healed and a stop at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. It’s on the trail and has a cheap hostel even though it’s a pricey tourist place. Restaurants, outfitter, general store and lots of activities.

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Kayaking
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Made it in before rain.

Two nights ago I stopped on top of a mountain to set up tent before rain came in. Luckily another person came along, because at midnight I heard the bear bags being rattled. We had hung them pretty well and I guess it pissed him off. He knocked over a stump and dug under it for a minute, then circled around us at about 30 feet. You could hear his huffing and sniffing. I felt like a snickers bar in my tent!  He got bored and wandered off.
You can tell I’m a little ragged right now. This post is all over the place. I’ll try again tomorrow when I have more energy!
For now..
Digdeep

8 thoughts on “They Come and They Go

  1. those are great friends. you’ll leave them before they have a chance to leave you! so glad you’re healing. please be careful and keep your resolve to go slow and sure. what you missed here was a day of jazz fest that was so wet, they shut it down early. keep on trekking and digging deep. xo

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  2. It seems the friends you meet along the way are like the beautiful flowers you took pictures of….Their beauty is profound but short-lived which makes them so special. I wish for you to meet a bouquet of friends on this journey.

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  3. I’m glad you weren’t devoured like your chocolatey delicious snicker bar self!!! Loving the journey! Happy trails!!

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