Day 102 Appalachian Trail, West Virginia Miles Hiked to Date: 1016 Hiked yesterday: 0 Trail Miles, Miles to Katahdin: 1167
Chipmunk and I watched Good Morning America in bed, something we haven't done in a long time. At the same time, she was using WIFI on her phone to catch up on fan fiction and I was on the laptop catching up on emails and writing blog notes before I forgot details. Around 9am, we wandered to the lobby for the "free breakfast" only to find that their idea of breakfast is tea and coffee. Hmm. I do think someone at Red Roof Inn ought to re-word the "free breakfast" bullet point. Chipmunk was not at all disappointed. She said, "Can I eat the pizza left over from last night's dinner?" I smiled and said, "Yeah. It's a ZERO day!"
Back in the room, Chipmunk plugged in her curling iron and ate pizza while it warmed up. About halfway through her hair curling, she said, "I want to do your hair." Like most teenage girls, she loves hair, nails and makeup. Luckily, she's not very "heavy handed" with the makeup nor does she "NEED" to do her hair and makeup every day before facing the world. I obliged her and put on "The Andy Griffith Show" which Chipmunk found pretty entertaining, too. She was surprised to hear that the "real life" daughter (Bryce Dallas Howard) of the "Opie" character (Ron Howard), played in one of the teen hit "Twilight" series movies. We chatted on commercials while she did my hair and some light makeup.
When I asked Chipmunk what she'd like to do with the rest of the day, she said, "I'd like to see 'Grown ups 2' at the movies." Silly me. I thought she'd be tired of movies but not at all. Going to the movies is one of the best Zero days activities: Chipmunk and I are fully entertained and she stays off her feet and rests. We checked the movie times and drove there with a half hour to spare before the movie started.
Going to NY wasn't a sensible thing to do then, considering I had so much left to do in that remaining week on the mainland. Like most other times when Chipmunk decided she really wanted something, she presented the many reasons why driving 2 hours, paying over priced parking fees and tolls to see her beloved author was not only the right thing to do, BUT, the only thing to do! I think she pointed out that I should encourage my young child to embrace reading and we should support good authors who bring the love of reading alive in young people. Also, she said, "He's Irish!" It's a blur now but the next thing I knew, I was driving in New York City traffic, believing I was saving the world of books for young people.
Surprisingly, it was one of the most entertaining evenings of my life. Here we are six years later on an adventure that Chipmunk decided was a "must do", buying a new book by Mr. Coifer. I think I like the many places my children's adventures have taken me over the years. They're doing a good job "raising me".
We laughed through "Grown Ups 2" and then returned to the hotel room and were in bed by 9:30 pm. It was a very good ZERO day for both of us.
Before I wrap up today's blog, I want to share some things I saw that moved me when I visited the Appalachian Trail Center the day before. Besides the history of how the Appalachian Trail came about and all the people who came together to further its cause and the numbers of people who continue to maintain and support it ... there are some hikers who have made history with their hikes.
I don’t know about you, but I am truly inspired by not only these two A.T. hikers, but by the many who get up every day with an aching body, tired and sore feet, put on a sweaty, smelly and heavy pack and push themselves ever closer to their personal victories.
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)