Day 152 on the Appalachian Trail Miles Hiked to Date: 1663 Hiked yesterday: 12 Trail Miles, Miles left to hike: 520
We are very proud to have Chipmunk join the ranks of many women athletes who have been represented by this amazing magazine. FYI, Chipmunk gave this interview by phone, while we were in Virginia. She asked all of us to leave the truck so that she could focus and we did so. Afterwards, we asked her how it went and what was she asked, etc. She told us then that we'd have to wait for the article to be printed; that we could read about her, right along with everyone else. Hmmmm... with all these stretch marks, you'd think I might get a sneak preview!
FYI, we've had some techie issues lately and because of that, posting the blog has been a little crazy. I'm sure you've noticed that it hasn't been posted as early morning as it once was. In some towns, we have trouble finding a good wifi spot: one that is open early morning, has a WORKING wifi (you can't believe how many say they have wifi only to find out it's not functioning), and is ok with me plugging my laptop in to charge as I type. Also, my phone has been acting up and I've now got a new one on order through AT&T. It only charges if I hold the plug in and with a little pressure on it. Ugh!
Any way, one of the techie issues arose when we got kicked off wifi every 30 minutes only to find that my blogging website did not save all that I typed or the photos. So, below are two pics that should have accompanied yesterday's blog. On the left, 3 Second Delay Amy, signs the Chip Mobile and on the right her husband "Wayne-Mann" also signs. We really enjoyed our evenings with them and Chipmunk enjoyed hiking with Amy. Thanks again, Amy & Wayne!
We all watched her hike into the woods and then Papa Chip, Chocolate Chip and I returned to the camper and drove the truck into town. As we were coming into town, I received a text message from a hiker I hadn't seen in some time, Whisper. We both asked where one another was and we were thrilled to find out we were in the same town! She told me that her boyfriend/trail husband, Mailman, was also with her.
During our trail talk, Mailman told me how he had a particularly rough few days on the trail and just didn't feel he could hike on. "I was depressed", he said, "then I called Whisper and she offered to double back and come hike with me. It made everything better." Wow! That's dedication! In general, hikers do not want to re-hike even one mile of the trail unless it's absolutely necessary.
After saying goodbye to her fellow hikers, she jumped in the truck, knowing that if we made it back to town in time, she'd get to start her Zero day early.
We watched the movie ... well, she watched the movie and I caught Papa Chip watching her as much as I was. Her face was lit up! She laughed, smiled, cried ... she had a really good time. Of course, I sneaked in some drinks and snacks to go with her movie popcorn.
When the movie ended, we were all still wide awake and Chipmunk was eager to stay up late on one of her off days. We decided to catch another movie, an action adventure sequel. I can't tell you how good it was ... I fell asleep. Yep, my body is totally trained to go to sleep between 9 & 10 pm and wake up between 5 & 6 am. Chipmunk and Papa Chip said it was "alright ... nothing special."
We walked back to the truck camper and Papa Chip drove us to our camp spot for the night. Unfortunately, it was near the railroad station, so although I was sleepy, I didn't get a lot of sleep. Chipmunk slept like a rock!
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)