zzz... Oh, yeah, guess I should wake up and post my side of the weekend. I am one tired puppy after trying to hang with the big dogs this weekend.
The guys talked me into slacking the stairs to the Top of the Falls with them. That was more exercise than I'd had in a long time. Cannibal told me that he loved hiking with me cause it made him feel like a strong hiker. I found what he was talking about when we dropped them off the next day where we left off, and within sight of us they stopped at the bench and sat down and rested.
A few hours later Shiloh and I hiked up to Springer from the parking lot. Again, that is more time on a trail than I'd had in a year, and the first time I've hiked the AT (other than the sidewalk in Hot Springs). Lost and Zak were already there. Lost headed home after she and I planned to party hard for the next several month with Zak gone.
We never saw Cannibal. Rumor has it that he stopped at the first shelter. I'll be interested in hearing how his first day went. Shiloh got some good pictures of Zak as he raced off to Stover Creek shelter, truly on the trail at last.
After watching the guys off at the Top of the Falls, Shiloh and Ewker and Lil'red and I went back to the campsite. We finalized convincing Lil'red that she should end her days as a ground dweller and join the dark side. I sent on of my hammocks home with her so she can spend some quality time alone with one. I'm sure we will see her post here soon.
I came home today. I'm tired and sore and not wanting to go back to work tomorrow. Guess it was a good weekend.
Several of us heard Cannibal on the phone to his Dad that first night at the campsite when he said he was having fun. "I met a bunch of friends I didn't know I had". Here's hoping that the rest of the trip stays like that for all of them.