Day 138 on the Appalachian Trail Miles Hiked to Date: 1461 Hiked yesterday: 0 Trail Miles, Miles left to hike: 723
It was late when we made our way to our spot, one of the very few left, and found that our spot had quite a slope to it. Papa Chip and I looked it over and then decided that the Chip Mobile was best situated if he parked it at a strange angle, kinda sideways ... like a drunk person parked it or something. At least at that peculiar angle, our heads were above our feet for purposes of sleeping.
Papa Chip fixed dinner and we crawled into bunks by 10 PM, shutting our phones off since there was no wifi and we didn't want to be awakened by our phone alarms in the morning. I woke up around 8 AM and started coffee. Chipmunk and I pulled our shower bags and headed to the shower house, finding only one stall shower for the 40 or so campsites. Luckily, our early start meant that we only had to wait for one camper to finish her shower before Chipmunk got hers. From the stall, she let me know the water was pretty cold. I asked her if she tried to adjust it .. I think I heard her roll her eyes as she murmured, "Uh, adjust it?" She finished her shower and I stepped in to the stall to find one push button, no adjustments and really, really cold water! UGH! I guess you have to pay quite a bit more for a campground with a warm shower. After Papa Chip had his shower, we all skedaddled outta there!
It's very easy to look for a scapegoat when things go wrong. Realistically, owners of businesses open to the public, typically expect a certain amount of damages, wear and tear, etc. and factor that into their cost of doing business. Blaming hikers and closing the only laundromat in the area to a group that truly needs that service (and does not typically have the means to drive 15-20 miles to another facility) seems wrong. Although I had a bag full of laundry to do and probably could have patronized the place, I chose not to do so. I don't have a lot of money but I know that when I send my money out into the world, I'd rather it go to fair, honest and good people.
When evening rolled around, we found a nice camp spot for the evening, a quiet, shady, flat parking spot near the local grocery store. We ran in for a few items to complete our dinner plan and then settled in to watch a DVD. After dinner, we hit the sack by 9:30 pm, since we were meeting an old friend for breakfast before Chipmunk resumed the trail. It had been a relaxing Zero; a much deserved break for the kid.
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Thanks again for all your support,
Mama Chip, Papa Chip, Chipmunk and her dog, Chocolate Chip
(Tammy, Jay, Neva and Coco)