I had the best time yesterday. When I left Garden Mountain Hostel yesterday, I stopped in to Matties. I didn’t know what to expect. It was so beautiful! It’s run by an Amish family. One of the guys who works at the Hostel told me that these were “Mennonite Amish.” I kept quiet because the […]

Burke’s Garden

This rare piece of geology was first discovered in the 1740’s by James Burke while hunting in the area. The name “Burke’s Garden” was given to the valley as a joke in 1748 after Burke planted potato peelings by the campfire of a surveying party. The next year, a fine crop of potatoes was found. […]

I Cannot Hold This In.

Why are so many people so angry in my country. Everyone seems to be angry at someone. Blaming someone else. When will you realize that this kind of anger and finger pointing, accomplishes nothing? Why don’t we all try and direct our self-righteous anger toward something useful? Stop blaming the other side. Do something positive. […]

Day 1 of this VA trip.

And that is what it looks like in the morning at Mountain Garden Hostel Virginia. Stunning, wouldn’t you say? Just earlier it looked like this: I spent the evening before, and stayed up much to late, chatting with these two. You know, I’m generally not a people person. I looked over and saw these two […]

Thank You All!

To all you lovely people I’ve met this week: I don’t have energy or time enough right now, to write what I want to write. So, I’m just going to post some photos, and get to the stories later. Here goes! Well. There are the introductions. The good stuff will follow soon. I am so […]

The People

I’m not sure what you all (all 3 of you who read this) have in your minds about why I do this. Hike the trail. I have been really thinking hard about that. Trying to sort out the important reasons, in order to insure my commitment to finishing the AT. The most rewarding aspect of […]

The Clearly Defined Why.

I was telling a friend of mine that I feel like quitting at least once in every hike. Quitting this thing that I have to finish the AT. I remember when she spoke to me from the trail, when she was in a low spot mentally, and was thinking about quitting. BTW. I think that […]

Dismal Creek

Well. I’m camped on the bank of Dismal Creek. I’ll have to look up why they call it that when I can get back on the net tomorrow at Trent’s Garage. I’m quitting. No more hiking for a while. I need to get my heel checked out. It’s sore. Last hike it turned black and […]


You know. There are people in the world and there are special people in the world. The kind that immediately disarm you. Remember when you were a kid, and you went into a friends house? There were two kinds of moms. The ones that made you feel like you should just turn around and leave […]