Day 147 on the Appalachian Trail Miles Hiked to Date: 1587 Hiked yesterday: 7 Trail Miles, Miles left to hike: 596
Afterwards, Chipmunk joined us in the lodge for some hot chocolate and freshly made blueberry scones. After we ate, I reminded her that we'd meet up with her between 12:30 and 1pm at the trailhead and then drive a short distance to meet up with Amy H. She confirmed she had the plan down, kissed us goodbye and headed back onto the trail.
Papa Chip and I lingered in the lodge and utilized the Wifi to post the day's blog. Afterwards, we headed out and noted that it was still quite chilly; almost fall-like. We programmed the GPS and were surprised to find that the trailhead which was only 7 miles away via the AT, was a 45 minute drive because we had to go "around" the mountain instead of "over" it, as Chipmunk was doing.
We met up at the trailhead and Chipmunk again noted that she was tired. We drove the short distance to Friendly's restaurant where we met Amy H. and headed in for a bite to eat. It was so good to see an old BMX friend! She brought us a jar of homemade Blackberry jam ... YUM! We ordered and ate while we talked and discussed hiking possibilities. Chipmunk did not mention just how tired she was because she thought Amy would want to hike that afternoon. As soon as Amy said that she wanted to get started the following morning from the trailhead where Chipmunk left off, Chipmunk's face relaxed. She smiled and said, "that's all good with me."
We lingered over lunch for quite some time, drinking several cups of coffee. We all caught each other up on our life's happenings and of course, discussed the "state of BMX Racing". A few hours later, we headed back to the parking lot and made a plan for meeting up the next day. We waved goodbye to Amy just before it started raining. Again, Chipmunk looked relieved not to hike any more that day. She was having an unplanned "Nero" (Near Zero) day.
Papa Chip and I hit the local supermarket and scored a great deal on Hebrew National all beef hot dogs. We also stopped at the Redbox out front and picked up a comedy DVD. We returned to the camper for an easy dinner and movie while the rain pelted the camper roof. After the movie, Chipmunk reconnected to Wifi and giggled as she chatted with friends online and read fan fiction. Papa Chip and I chatted while reading until it was dark. We said good night around 9 PM and Chipmunk confirmed she'd shut off her phone soon. I'm assuming she did but I can't say I was awake to witness it. It was a good day ... and it worked out well for all of us. Hopefully, Chipmunk got the rest she needed; she and Amy planned to hike 19 miles the next day.
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)