The Applachian Trail is a hiking trail in the eastern United States from Mount Katahdin, Maine to Springer Mountain, Georgia. (About 2200 miles total). When we were in the North Georgia Mountains recently for a wedding, I thought we might be able to spend a few minutes hiking on the famous Appalachian Trail...
|In places, the AT is very much like a ditch, it must get very muddy in the rain!|
|See the white mark on the tree, just above that shaft of sunlight? That is what you look for to make sure you are on the trail!|
The Holiday Inn in Hiawassee is close to the AT and they have a hiker box for the hikers when they are in the area. I thought that was a nice touch.
This is the lobby of the hotel...can you imagine hiking for miles and miles and stopping for one night to stay in a hotel and how nice it would be to sleep in a bed? And think of those comfy sofas and chairs and how grateful you would be to rest there after a long hike!
One thing...you really do have to be careful about bears. In 2009, my brother-in-law did a charity run on the Appalachian Trail at night. He and his buddies mixed up some power-ade type drinks on the back of his car. When he returned to his car the next morning after his run, the car looked as if someone had been at it with a giant can-opener! Those long scratches that you see on this vehicle were made with bear claws! (The only bear claws that I want to see involve pastry!)
Hope all my American friends enjoy the 4th of July weekend, from the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans white with foam!
And to all my other friends in the world, hope you have a great weekend too!