Day 127 on the Appalachian Trail Miles Hiked to Date: 1347 Hiked yesterday: 17 Trail Miles, Miles left to hike: 837
Once she took care of her morning business, she parked herself at Chipmunk's side and dutifully watched her put her socks and boots on. Chipmunk's feet have been tired but she is still free of blisters ... YEAH! Must be those awesome Thorlos padded hiking socks together with her Vasque Boots! We lucked out in picking that combo!
We confirmed our midday meet up point and had a nice hug goodbye; then she walked across the road and resumed the trail.
Chipmunk texted me updates and one included this pic. Ahhh ... so that's the boardwalk. Cool! She said it was a welcome change from all the rock climbing she's been doing.
Chocolate Chip and I checked it out and while we were walking around it, two of our favorite hikers emerged from the woods: Joe Cool and Snacks. They dropped their packs, got a couple cold sodas from the cooler and then joined me on my inspection of the giant paver.
There was no one around and it was so tempting to climb up and pretend we were driving the paver. We all took turns behind the controls and on the back platform, taking pictures of one another. I liked this pic where Joe Cool lived up to her trail name ... doesn't she look cool?? Snacks was fascinated by all the dials and controls on the back platform, too. Don't worry, we didn't change any controls or attempt to start it ... we just had fun stepping out of our regular roles in life and pretending. It's such a huge part of childhood that many of us leave behind as we grow older. I had a blast with them and it made the time pass quicker until Chipmunk arrived.
They finished their breaks and told me to tell Chipmunk that they're hoping she catches up to them. I wished them well and told them where we figured we'd be ending the day. They waved and were off into the woods across the street. About 15 minutes later, I heard Chipmunk call from the trailhead. Chocolate Chip leaped to the open window ledge and wagged her entire back side. They shared kisses while I climbed up in the camper to fix Chipmunk a bite to eat.
We drove to a quiet place for the night and parked. Chipmunk actually fell asleep during our evening talk and I decided to give into my body's need for sleep, too. It had been a good day that put her 17 miles closer to her goal. Well done, Chipmunk!
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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)