Day 160 on the Appalachian Trail Miles Hiked to Date: 1761 Hiked yesterday: 5 Trail Miles, Miles left to hike: 422
When Chipmunk was fully dressed, had eaten her breakfast and was ready to go, I reminded her to wear her bright orange hat that a very nice lady, named Barbara, had given her. I was unnerved when I woke in the night and heard far off gun shots. I think it was probably locals on their own property, not hunters, since they don't typically hunt at night. Nonetheless, hunting season is at hand and I like feeling that Chipmunk will be seen as she continues North.
She hugged and kissed us goodbye and I reminded her to text or call as soon as she had cleared a section of the trail which the AT details as "precipitous drop-off". She smiled and confirmed that she'd be to her end meet up spot by 12 noon. With that ... she walked into the woods and we watched until we could see her no more. Then, Papa Chip and I headed towards the meet up spot.
Evil Vengeful Rosie tried to take us down some treacherous roads but we opted to follow Google maps on Papa Chip's phone, which kept us on paved roads until the final road that was gravel. It was just over a 30 minute drive; it always surprises me how long it takes us to drive the roads between trailheads in which Chipmunk is hiking 5-10 miles to get to.
We spotted a post office along the way in a tiny town and stopped to return mail my old phone back to AT&T. I got a receipt for it even though it had a postage paid label since AT&T warned me that I'd be charged $530 if it wasn't received within 10 days at their return facility. Hmm. I sure hope I won't be blogging about a $530 bill from AT&T soon.
We got a call from Chipmunk, confirming she'd cleared the cliffs ... phew!
Next, we drove into a slightly larger tiny town and found a "Co-op" store where we picked up ground beef, rolls, lettuce and sliced cheese. I skipped the $3.99 a pound tomatoes ... if an animal wasn't raised, cared for and had to die for me to eat it, I refuse to pay more than $3 a pound for it! Plus, the burger meal we planned to prepare was what Chipmunk wanted it and she's not a fan of tomatoes. We also picked up some Doritos for Chipmunk and a package of Dietz & Watson all beef bologna ... both on sale. Yeah!
We drove back to the trailhead, parked and took care of some camper chores. It seemed like no time before Chipmunk arrived. In fact it was 11:30 am and we all piled into the cab for the drive to the campground. We arrived, parked and hooked up our electric, water and sewer lines. We all pulled our shower bags and clean clothes and Papa Chip also hauled our laundry bag to the laundry/shower house. I threw the laundry into the washer and then walked into the shower house. Chipmunk was already showering and I asked how the showers were. She said, "Niiiiiiice!" Although they were coin operated, they were warm from the start, easy to adjust, nice & clean ... and I was able to get everything clean with only 1 quarter. Chipmunk has quite a head of hair and I think she needed one quarter just to get all the shampoo and conditioner out.
With my shower done, I headed back to the laundry and transferred everything to the dryers. Papa Chip joined me after his shower and he arrived clean shaven. I hadn't seen that handsome mug's face that smooth in about 6 months! I immediately hugged him and kissed his cheeks and lips ... ooohhh, he has some nice lips! (And that's all I'll tell you about that!) He helped me fold laundry which for me (and most women), that's a great way to start romance. Seriously! Ask any woman. But, since we live in a "toaster box" with our 15 year old daughter, all thoughts of romance will have to wait until a hiking day.
Papa Chip made awesome burgers for dinner and we all retired to our bunks by 8pm to read and relax. Chipmunk hadn't done anything exciting on her "Nero" but then again, it's all about relaxing.
Since there's not much more to report on the "Nero", I offer you the following pics that 3 Second Delay Amy recently sent me. Although they are from prior hiking days, I thought you might enjoy seeing some of what Chipmunk has seen during her hiking in Vermont. Enjoy!
Hope you enjoyed these pics! We did. Thanks, Amy!
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)