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Throw-Back Thursday 04/02/2015

Today is Holy Thursday in which Jesus's last supper is celebrated by Christians. That final night Christ was with his disciples, he gave us the greatest commandment, "Love one another as I have loved you." And with that he gave the greatest example of how to do that. Service to others.

What better way to honor Throw-Back Thursday in an adventure blog on Holy Thursday then to repost about trail angels. Hikers have a language all their own with names for everything. Kind of like the military and all their anachronism. For those of you new to the hiking community, trail angels are people who serve the hiking world without compensation. It could be a ride to town, free food set at trail crossings, a night at their home. There is no limit to what generous people have done over the years for hikers.

April 2, 2015

"I am at New Found Gap, Tennessee with trail Angels Jimmy and Sherry. Actually we are at a hotel in Pigeon Forge. They rescued me at NFG. Which was awesome with trail magic provided by Beth and Bernie. My food drop box was delivered by trail Angel Connie. Had trail Magic by Elizabeth at the Gap before. I have been over blessed today.My wonderful hiking partners Gilligan and his dog went home. We parted ways at Fontana Dam. He decided the trail wasn't providing what he was looking for. So proud of him for going home and realizing home with his wonderful wife is a better place to heal then out on this trail with a bunch of strangers. But that leaves me alone. But not really. I have met so many wonderful people. Shrek and Donkey, Lunch Lady, Carl, Pops, Benji, and so many more. I am feeling strong. My knees are doing well with my new brace. Most of the blisters are healed. My metatarsals are under control and I am getting stronger every day. Hikers take note. Cell service is next to impossible in the Smokies. Once I left Fontana I had one brief moment of service then none until just before New Found Gap. I have Verizon. My hike from Derriks Shelter to Clingmans Dome has been the prettiest and most interesting so far. We had perfect weather and were overloaded with views. Happy Hiking everyone. I would like to write more but I have another blog to do also. 'You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do'. --Eleanor Roosevelt"

(Photo of Beth and Bernie who spend their anniversary week serving hikers. 2015)

(2015 - I don't remember this person's name but I do remember she was from Maine serving hikers in NC.) Thank you trail angels who help weary hikers reach their dreams and goals. And thank you to everyone else right now who are on the front lines of this Corona Crisis. Your unselfish sacrifice in serving others is what makes this world go round. May you all find strength and stay healthy.



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