[at-l] I love/hate when this happens... Foothills trail?

Jan Lite liteshoe at gmail.com
Sun Nov 21 18:46:31 CST 2010

Ol' "Fred" (Thee Fred) might be up for a stroll.
Especially if it involved goat cheese.

On Sun, Nov 21, 2010 at 4:33 PM, Frank Looper <nightwalker.at at gmail.com>wrote:

> Looks like just me and you, Hot Foot.
> On Sat, Nov 20, 2010 at 9:46 AM, Jan Lite <liteshoe at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Thought this was worth a second read.
>> Thanks for the fine report, Hopeful, and I relived my first "distance"
>> hike, also in an unexpected snow.
>> Wish I'd a been there with you!
>> Barring that, thanks for writing about it. I miss the vivid trip reports
>> that used to pepper the list.
>> This was a good 'in.
>> (Next time, take me with you! As a fellow '03-er, I respectfully request
>> notice! ;-) )
>> Missing the trail adventures and fellowship,
>> Ms. Shoe
>> PS Why don't we get up a group to piddle down the Foothills Trail, in part
>> or all?
>>  I believe Frank could guide us well.
>> On Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 7:41 PM, <hopeful_2003 at comcast.net> wrote:
>> >
>> > Hey y?all, Mrs Hopeful and I just returned from doing some trail magic
>> for
>> > the sobos at the Fontana Hilton. The first week of November Lastminute
>> > (GAME03), a mother and daughter from our church and I hiked Newfound Gap
>> to
>> > Davenport Gap. There were 2 goals. One was to leave word in the logs
>> about
>> > the hiker feed and the other was to help the mom and daughter get their
>> > first real taste of long distance hiking. Well, I know there are those
>> who
>> > don?t see 32 miles as long distance but for newbess it is. They were
>> both
>> > trooper and never complained about anything. The first day out was 11
>> miles
>> > which was enormous for the newbees. Among their first tastes was hiking
>> into
>> > the shelter well after dark. They were clearly anxious when it became
>> > certain that the sun would be well down before we made camp. Anxious or
>> not,
>> > they pushed through showing no real fear. I guess Lastminute kept them
>> > encouraged. Another first was the snow we woke up to on the second
>> morning.
>> > Actually, it snowed lightly but none stop for 3 days. By the time we got
>> out
>> > there was a foot down with drifts deeper. On the second day I began
>> worrying
>> > whether I needed to form Plan B in the event the snow got bad. I knew we
>> had
>> > no immediate option but to press on that day and then consider bailing
>> on
>> > day 3. I told them that Plan B had merit because if we bailed to the
>> Cosby
>> > campground, they?d get to sleep a night on the restroom floor while I
>> hiked
>> > on to contact Ox (GAME99) to give us a ride back to my car. They missed
>> out
>> > on that first :) As it turned out, they were heart set on hiking on to
>> the
>> > end. Somewhere along the trail on day 3, the daughter turned to me with
>> a
>> > smile wide as sunset and bubbled out, "I can?t believe I?m living this
>> > adventure!" From that point on I stopped worrying whether I had got them
>> in
>> > over their heads. They learned a lot: hiking after dark is not the same
>> as
>> > being lost, you can keep warm even while hiking in the snow with damp
>> > clothes, damp clothes can be dried in your sleeping bad, nalgenes full
>> of
>> > hot water down in you sleeping bag keep the chills at bay, mice don?t
>> ambush
>> > hikers. It was a wonderful trip and all the more enjoyable watching
>> newbees
>> > get trail broke and reliving my early hikes through their questions and
>> > revelations.
>> >
>> > Last week we took grub to the hilton and enjoyed some time with both
>> sobos
>> > and section hikers. The brother and sister in law of a sobo came to
>> visit
>> > him. The sister in law could hardly believe that we were there to do a
>> feed.
>> > She was really taken aback when she learned how many folks who were not
>> in
>> > attendance had contributed stuff to make the feed possible. They gave
>> > everything from plates and forks, to soft drinks, to fire wood, to
>> veggies
>> > for stir frying. A trailer was loaned so we could haul in a rick and
>> have a
>> > big fire several nights. There was plenty of wood left for hikers to
>> come.
>> > One of my most enjoyable moment was watching the notion sink into her
>> that
>> > there are lots of folks in and out of the community who care about the
>> > community. I can?t speak for anybody else but I had a great time. If all
>> > that wasn?t enough, Codygirl stopped by and we got to meet face to face.
>> > I?ll let her tell about her adventures. Hopeful
>> >
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