|Appalachian Trail Marker in sidewalk in Hot Springs, NC|
|Crested Dwarf Iris|
Last are Headnout and Tagnalong. These are unusual trail names and when I saw them on the 2012 journal list, I immediately clicked to see who they were. Sure enough, they had done a thru-hike in 2006. I recognized the names of the older couple we had dinner with at Zealand Hut in the White Mountains. The hut system in the Whites is a blog in itself, but for the purposes of this story, I’ll just say that the AT passes most of the huts in the White mountains. Many thru-hikers work for their stay at the huts as they pass through the Whites. Gene and I were among the 36 guests at Zealand Hut the same night Headnout and Tagnalong were there working for their stay. We had a great conversation with them that evening.
These are my favorite picks for journal reads from this years group of Appalachian Trail thru-hikers. I wish all the hikers a safe journey and I’m anxious to follow along through their Trail Journals.
That’s it for today. By the way, all of today's photos were taken in previous springs. Thanks for tagging along.