I hiked out of the AT by getting up and out by seven to meet Lori and Belle in Damascus . After a night in our exclusive room at Woodchuck Hostel, a converted wood shed, we went off to by hiking poles for Lor. I tried to convince her to buy a new pack but instead we traded, I took my oversized pack issued years ago and she wore my light weight pack that is short on suspension. But hey its just for a few days, right? So off we went but not before Hashtag brought his friend and mom by. And not before we ran into Flapjack,Tunes, and Forever Waiting. Lor was getting a taste of AT culture before we even started up. Yes, up and up and up some more. By the end of the first day we climbed 12 miles in the rain and Lori had the blister to prove it.
We camped next to a pond surrounded by woods that we shared with an older camper. He didn’t seem to mind that anyone was close by judging by his proclivity for hygiene . Anyway we were up at well we broke camp by 9ish and walked on.