A zero day in Hot Springs

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Downtown Hot Springs. To the left is the Outfitters, always an important stop for a hiker. I also visited the library and had a history lesson at the Welcome Center.
Downtown Hot Springs. To the left is the Outfitters, always an important stop for a hiker. I also visited the library and had a history lesson at the Welcome Center.

So far, this is my favorite trail town. I’d consider moving here to retire someday, just to stay near to the trail. Despite the snow overnight, it turned into a beautiful day, sunny but windy. Better tomorrow. So I’ve arranged a slack pack of 14.5 miles (Allen Gap south back to the hostel). That’s big miles for me but we are starting early  and I won’t be carrying much. Plus I’ll get to sleep in a bed for another night.

Today I went to an impromptu church service, checked out the town, made a few purchases at the outfitters……and the really good news: I got to weigh myself. I’ve lost EIGHT pounds. Yup. That’s the AT diet plan.

Church with Bluebird, Queen Diva, Plan B and Tigger. There's no church like the gospel of the Appalachian Trail!
Church with Bluebird, Queen Diva, Plan B and Tigger. There’s no church like the gospel of the Appalachian Trail!
The hostel has a comfortable living room where I got to spend the morning with Chef, a Tigger and Bluebird (who hiked in 2006).
The hostel has a comfortable living room where I got to spend the morning with Chef, a Tigger and Bluebird (who hiked in 2006).

 

The Princesses hiked today! Vally Girl and her dog Jake, Flash and Noodle, all with (lightweight) crowns!
The Princesses hiked today! Vally Girl and her dog Jake, Flash and Noodle, all with (lightweight) crowns!
Valley Girl, Flash and the owner (along with his wife a Tigger) of Laughing Heart Hostel, Chuck Norris. He does kinda look like the actor, don't you think?
Valley Girl, Flash and the managers Tigger and Chuck Norris of Laughing Heart Hostel. Chuck does kinda look like the actor, don’t you think?
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Beth

I'm a professional vagabond. I quit my cubical job in January 2014. Since then, I've hiked the Appalachian Trail, The Camino, and taught English in Vietnam, Turkey, Russia, Spain and Mexico. I'm exploring the world.

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