Fulfill Your Hiking Dream! Here to help fellow hikers by offering wisdom, ideas, and lessons learned from a two-time AT North and South, Long Trail, Foothills Trail, Allegheny Trail, Colorado Trail, Florida Trail, Shenandoah Nat'l Park 500 miler completions. Former AT Ridgerunner for six years, Author, Speaker on Hiking and Backpacking
For the first time this year, hubby Skipper and I decided to host a "Hiker Picnic" to welcome thru hikers to Shenandoah National Park at Smith Roach Gap (near Hightop Hut), not far from the park entrance at Swift Run Gap. We cooked up hot dogs, beans, had chips, brownies and cookies and got to meet 18 hikers out doing the trail or sectioning. Heard plenty of stories and shared some stories of my own of what happens farther north of their location. Even met some guys from New Brunswick and a hiker from New Zealand as well a couple who had lost everything in a devastating fire and decided to come hike the trail. Some names I recall are the divas Egg and Storm, Ironman, Tin Man, Red Leg, Tord, Old Goat and Check Six among others.
A great day for us and one we will remember.
Blissful with new hiker friends on the trail. We were glad to meet them.