started her hike because she liked the mountain goat logo (her Twitter handle is @openlymtngoat). She met up with her old McNett/Gear Aid buddy, Beatty, got a hug and brought him up to speed on her hike. Beatty asked us what Gear Aid could do for us? Good question, Beatty, I’ve got a few ideas I’ll run by you this
Chipmunk shared trail stories with the two very experienced hikers and smiled when Sherri asked if Chipmunk would like to join them at their November Florida presentation, after her hike. Cool! Chipmunk is hoping to share her hike story with others after she makes it to Katahdin.
rolled one ankle 2 miles into her first day of hiking; then rolled her other ankle on her second day. We pulled her off the trail and took her to REI to find a better pair of hiking boots, with ankle support. She tried on several but, like Goldilocks, the Vasque boots “were just right”. She hasn’t had an ankle issue since! Also, the REI sales rep showed her a lace tying technique that keeps her foot back in its proper position, even downhill. Chipmunk is one of the few hikers that still has all of her toenails, and no blisters. Thanks again to Angie and Vasque for making her hike all the better!
By 7:30 pm, we pulled into Powhaten Plantation where I’d reserved a room for us. Our daughter, the editor, drove from Jersey to meet up with us and we had a terrific family reunion. We ate dinner together and then watched the season finale of “The Office”, a family favorite show. Afterwards, we all piled up on Papa Chip’s and my queen size bed and talked while the TV played in the background. We caught up on all kinds of stuff in each others’ lives before the girls went to their beds and we said good night. We all slept in real beds … not thin, lumpy RV bunk pads! It was sooooo nice.
We all enjoyed them, bearly speaking as we ate …which is not common in my home! As I’ve gotten older and I have only one child at home, I’ve found such comfort and joy in our family reunions. Today, we’ll drop Papa Chip to meet up with his Adventure Cycling co-leader before Chipmunk and I head back to Trail Days.
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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)