Remembering Marion


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the main reason I hike is that it restores my faith in the basic goodness of people. Here in Marion I’ve encountered kind Forest Service workers who opened the restroom early for me in the pouring rain. The two transit bus drivers I’ve encountered were positive and helpful. I’ve talked with senior citizens who were curious about my hike and encouraged me.

But I’d especially like to acknowledge Stacy and her lovely family and friend who helped me rescue some clothes I left behind in my hast to leave Honey Boo Boo at the hostel in Troutdale. Then she brought me home and fed me a delicious home cooked meal. I met Stacy and Becky on the trail this past weekend. I’d planned to call them to let them know I was safe, but I ran into Stacy at the Walmart by chance.

Dinner was a hiker’s dream: barbecued chicken breasts, freshly steamed broccoli, macaroni & cheese (homemade!) and salad. For dessert strawberry shortcake on homemade baking power biscuits and real whipped cream. What more could a girl want? Then Becky drove me back to my hotel room where I spent a restful night in a dry, warm bed.

The Honey Bears of the world ARE the minority. It’s just that they take our attention away for a bit from everything else, everything that’s going right with the world. Don’t miss the good. It’s all around. No one hikes, or live their life, alone. We all depend on the kindness of strangers.

Paul, Stacy, Blaine and Becky. Many thanks for a special evening.
Paul, Stacy, Blaine and Becky. Many thanks for a special evening.

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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, Mexico and Peru. I'm exploring the world and you can come too!

7 thoughts on “Remembering Marion”

  1. Love reading your blog. Thanks again for sharing! I am so concerned about your shoes … and your feet! I have feet issues as well and I hope I am making good shoe/sock decisions. I won’t have time to adjust on our short hike! A week from today I will be waking up after my first night on the trail. We are starting our section hike at Waynesboro and plan to go to PenMar. It will probably be just long enough to give me the fever!!! Stay safe and continue to see the good as you go!

    1. I can’t wait to hear about your hike! If you want yo write it up I’d be happy to share it here. I think people would enjoy another perspective.

  2. Beth,

    I am in Alexandria, VA and this rain has been going for days! I hope your staying dry. I wish I was closer to the trail so we could have warm beverages together. The blog is fabulous– thanks for sharing.

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