Day 185 on the Appalachian Trail Miles Hiked to Date: 1982 Hiked yesterday: 15 Trail Miles, Miles left to hike: 201
First, to Janice ... Really? Given the option of whether to have her boots carried to her or her carried to her boots ... which choice do you think Chipmunk would make? PLUS, everybody loves a piggy back ride, right?
Second, to Marylyn (and our readers who receive the hike update via email), I'm sorry if the pics did not come through the recent email. Right now, my daughter, Editor, is helping us stay connected as best we can and keep the blog posted daily through this section of "Low Reception, Maine". Since we are doing this via a few different computers and phones, there are going to be times when it does go as well as it usually does. I will try to forward yesterday's post with pics together with today's. Cross your fingers.
She replied, "Because it represents two quotes that I really love. One is by Babe Ruth, and goes like this: Never let the fear of striking out get in your way. And the other one is from Dr. Seuss: I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm already you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me."
We stayed and watched her walk into the woods. All of us hollered "I love you's" to one another.
We had taken Chocolate Chip with us and she seemed to like the adventure. She hiked ahead of us and then waited for us to catch up. Maybe she's a "day hiking" dog, but I truly don't believe she's a "thru hiking" dog, no matter how much she protests to join her mom on the trail each day.
When we returned to the truck, the sun was shining and it was near 70 degrees out .... BEAUTIFUL HIKING WEATHER!! We were both glad that Chipmunk had a good weather for what some call the toughest section of the 100 mile wilderness: the first 15 miles. I'm sure summiting Katahdin will have it's challenges, as well.
As we talked, we learned that LOL is not only Chipmunk's age but also has a lot in common with her. They both love the band, One Direction. They both love Koalas, Baking, drawing Fashions, reading Harry Potter and so much more. I made sure to give Katie Chipmunk's contact info. It was great to talk with them and we look forward to getting to know them all a little better as we all move up the trail. (FYI, although they were hiking Southbound when they met Chipmunk, they still have sections North and their summit of Katahdin to complete.)
Papa Chip snapped this pic out on the dock behind the Lake Shore House. We also learned that they (the Lake Shore House) let their guests use kayaks for free during their stay there. Hmmm, a little something to do with Chipmunk after she summits Katahdin and we pass back thru Monson?
It was dark when Papa Chip and I received the "check in/OK" messages from Chipmunk's SPOT device. We were relieved to see that she made it to her intended camp spot for the night. Little did we know then that it was not without a few scary incidents. But, more about that tomorrow.
If you enjoy reading the story of our adventure, and you’d like to send some “Trail Magic” to Chipmunk, click on the “Donate” button at the upper right corner of today’s blog post. Chipmunk maintains a twitter account: @openlymtngoat where a common hashtag is #GoChipmunk . She (or we) will try to answer any questions you may have about her hike and this family adventure.
Thanks again for all your support,
Mama Chip, Papa Chip, Chipmunk and her dog, Chocolate Chip
(Tammy, Jay, Neva and Coco)