[at-l] Hiker sightings...

giniajim jplynch at crosslink.net
Mon May 2 21:29:39 CDT 2011

Hi Stitches; I did get the bucket of mulch dumped in the new privy at RSH and filled up another one; thanks for the tip about raking away the leaves.  
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Mara Factor 
  To: at-l 
  Sent: Saturday, April 30, 2011 10:26 AM
  Subject: [at-l] Hiker sightings...

  Well, I finally got my journal caught up but I'm weeks behind in transcribing it.  So, in the meantime, here's a list of the hikers I've seen so far on this trip.  I started seeing them at Washington Monument State Park and I'm now in Waynesboro.

  WMSP - Renaissance, Bundy
  Harpers Ferry - Bastard Catfish plus all the good folks at the ATC office.
  Shenandoah NP - Gravel Springs Hut - Fosters with his dog Gaia, Victus
  SNP - Elkwallow wayside maybe? - Solitaire
  SNP - Pass Mtn Hut - Diggit, and section hikers Nimblefeet and Bearchaser
  SNP - Rock Spring Hut - Magic Bag, Tigger, Red Rider (sp?), Flying Squirrel, and AT-Ler Jim Lynch  (does this count as a microRuck?)
  SNP - Skyland - ran into Flying Squirrel and Red Rider again.  Red Rider mentioned an experience he had when he started walking to town from the Partnership shelter...  Some lady going the other way saw them, rolled down the window, and asked "Trail names?"  I stopped him right there and asked him "Kinnickinnic?"  Sure enough.  It was Kinnickinnic, the day before she headed for Georgia.  She ended up bring them to town - no surprise there.  :-)
  SNP - Lewis Mtn wayside - Waterbear, and Rev an eight year and counting section hiker
  SNP - a variety of overlooks south of Loft Mountain wayside - Niners, Stillwater, Katmandu, Spam and his dad, John (just out for SNP), two of the three bears, Kodiak and Teddy, and d'Artignon (sic), the Corsican (not the one I knew in '99) and Ghost.
  Rockfish Gap outfitters - the Red Team, Riding Hood and Wagon
  Waynesboro - The Three Amigos, South Butt, Leaf Guy, and Sgt. Pepper who've known each other since kindergarten; Squash, Polo, and Silverheels, a guy I knew from some marathon porch sitting sessions on Miss Janet's porch in 2007; V-8, traveling light and fast on the third leg of the Triple Crown in three years.  He'll likely be the first person from Japan to complete the Triple Crown.  Jack and Isaac, two guys who's names I didn't get, and section hikers Windscreen and Kevin,.

  I brought V-8 to dinner last night with the Radney's.  Sure enough Walt and Pat knew people that V-8 knew from the PCT and CDT communities.  Small world.

  Then last night at the laundromat, I looked over and saw a familiar figure...  It was Rusty.  So, I'll probably stop in and see him as I continue on my way south today.

  As best I can tell, I've run into 35 NOBO thruhikers and I'm sure I missed a lot.  Even going shelter to shelter southbound through SNP, I would have missed every other day's worth of hikers as I went south and they north.  People have the impression that there are a lot of early thruhikers out this year.  I probably also missed some section hikers.

  I briefly met Venado, the eight year old thruhiker from last year at Bears Den Hostel.  He completed the trail, mostly with his Dad, but partly with his Mom when his Dad had to be elsewhere.  He, his parents, and sister are out doing a section this spring.  His Dad hopes to complete the section of trail he missed last year.

  I hope to get my journal transcribed soon and posted to my Yahoo group (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TravelsAndTrails/).  When I do it'll have more details of my trip and hiker sightings.

  I plan to take the Blue Ridge Parkway south.  That will take me well away from the trail at times, but I will swing back to the trail from time to time.  I think there will be a lot more thruhikers along he trail as I get to southern Virginia.

  I also hope to start connecting with some listers as I get further south.  If you're anywhere near my route, let me know and let's get together.

  Stitches, AT99

  Visit my Travels and Trails web site at: http://friends.backcountry.net/m_factor


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