Saturday, May 14 - Day 51 - Mile 488.2 - Elk Garden (no change / "0" day)
Started the day with a big breakfast then on to Damascus to meet family and friends for Trail Days. We had a fun day just hanging out and checking out the new gear and events of the day. The kids enjoyed the playground, Ice cream and other food. Bailey, Claire, Logan & Jen all went on the high bounce ride and had a great time.
Buffalo Bobby joined us for a good part of the day. It was fun to have him meet some of the clan.
We met Hot Drinks, Silver Hiker and Purple Haze who are all just a bit behind us. We've been wondering where they were. I think I forgot to mention that Guardian started back on the trail at Hot Springs last Sunday, May 8th. He's going to continue until the really warm weather hits and then continue his section hike next year.
Heard from Drew Murphy this morning by phone but we never connected here today. Didn't have any AT&T service to follow up in town. (Drew, if your reading this, things couldn't be going any better. So far, despite the crazy weather, the hiking has been great. I'll give you a call when I can)
One of the big highlights of the day was meeting our new Grandson Edward. He's perfect and I'm sure Beth will put a photo if him on the blog. I didn't get to hike with him, but he did make to his first Trail Days at only 22 days old.
Scott & Marylou brought me a shirt which was printed with "Trolley Stop - AT Thru Hiker". Now that I have the shirt it's official.
Jane brought so much food I don't think I'll be hungry for hours!
Thanks everyone for traveling so far and making this such a special day.
Love, Peace, Joy & Hope,
tent city at the hostel in Damascus
Buffalo Bobby chatting with Don Crabtree
Trolley Stop and Carolyn Crabtree
Trolley Stop and his wife, Jane
Trolley Stop and his grandson, Logan
Trolley Stop and his daughter, Beth (the Blogger)
Grandpa Trolley Stop and Grandma Jane with 4 out of their 13 grandkids
Trolley Stop and his son, Jimmy
Trolley Stop and his daughters, Beth and Marylou (the baby)
Trolley Stop with 5 of his grandkids
Trolley Stop with everyone!
relaxing after all that excitement