Slack packing out of Hot Springs

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I hiked without my pack today, a luxury. Sly (yes, I got in a car with a guy named Sly!) gave me a shuttle to Allen Gap along with two young men. They were hiking north and I was hiking back to the hostel. It was 14.5 miles, a huge day for me. But the sky was sunny, the air temperature warm enough that I didn’t need a jacket after the first couple of miles, though I did hike in snow most of the day.

Night Whisperer and Money Maker are hiking north from.
Night Whisperer and Money Maker are hiking north from here.
Follower the white blazes!
Follow the white blazes! No matter how many miles, I’m still relieved to see this sign. It means I’m still on the right trail! The AT is maintained by volunteers, so it isn’t marked perfectly. It’s easier than you think to get lost. And nothing is more depressing than wasted miles!
Survivor man. We talked about the number one hiker subject: food! He's addicted to Little Debbie's cakes and Fritis.
Survivor man. We talked about the number one hiker subject: food! He’s addicted to Little Debbie’s cakes and Fritio’s. But he’s stillBiz dropped 14 pounds. I also met up with Grasshopper and Runaway, Hopper and Bizmark, My Way, Goat and Shorts.
Most of the hiking was in snow today.
Most of the hiking was in snow today.
This was not one of the best shelters. The floor sagged and the roof leafed. Glad I find not have to stay here.
This was not one of the best shelters. The floor sagged and the roof leaked. Glad I did not have to stay here.
I think i would love a memorial like this.
I think i would love a memorial like this.

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When I hiked back junto town, I had the best Cobb Salad ever at the adoring Creek a Tavern.
When I hiked back into town, I had the best Cobb Salad ever at the Spring Creek Tavern. It’s even bigger than it looks.
The town hiker ministry.
The town hiker ministry….
....where Moose gave me a much needed massage.
….where Moose gave me a much needed massage.

then I walked the length of Broad Street in Hot Springs (which is the actual trail) and back to the hostel.

The Main Street is marked with the AT letters. This is the first town where the trail goes right down the center of the business district.
The Main Street is marked with the AT letters. This is the first town where the trail goes right down the center of the business district.
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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, Mexico and Peru. I'm exploring the world and you can come too!

8 thoughts on “Slack packing out of Hot Springs”

  1. Gorgeous salads…..sleeping in beds….shopping in every town….hiking without a pack, south instead of north….massages….I’m starting to get verrrry suspicious of this “hike” of yours.

  2. So enjoyed the pictures, Beth! I have been wondering what the trails really look like and how you know where to go. Also been wondering what kinds of hiking clothes you are wearing each day. Your experiences are all new to me and I am enjoying them so much. They are SO interesting. I am learning so much about our world through you. Thank you! I have been mentioning your blogs to everyone I know. You have a lot of followers. Keep safe and keep walking!! 🙂

    1. Everyone who hikes has a trail guide. There are three major guidebooks, but most everyone has AWOL’s guide, http://www.theatguide.com. But in theory, you could just follow the white blazes from GA to ME.
      My clothes are pretty limited. I have a pair of nylon gym shorts that I can wear alone or over a 3/4 length spandex dancers tights and a pair of silk long underwear. On a cold night I wear them all. I have 2 smart wool shirts (one long sleeve, one short) that I typically hike in. A campers button down shirt with collar and long sleeves. And a long sleeve hoodie that I often sleep in. On a cold night I might wear them all, plus my down jacket. I have a rain jacket and pants that double to fight cold wind. And I’ve been known to wear them so I can do all my laundry. Other than that hiker socks, liner socks and a large extra puffy sock that I sleep in. Boring clothes. No cotton, all poly or nylon or wool–they dry faster.

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