Appalachian Trail: Day #30

Hot Springs, North Carolina: Zero Miles

Total AT Miles: 273.2

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??!!!! Mountain Goat found a panda onesie in the hiker box. Of course she had to wear it!

Today begins like yesterday: breakfast followed by hostel work. This morning, we change things up. I whip up omelettes with help from Mountain Goat who makes potato pancakes,  “hashies” as she calls ’em, on the second burner of the hotplate. The real kicker is she is cooking in a full panda onesie. Most would just wear an apron!

After breakfast, I clean the bathrooms and Orion takes care of the rooms. We help Tie load a car full of stuff to go to a garage. Then, with work complete we play. I found a rock climbing harness in the hiker box and, with 50ft of rope purchased from the outfitter, I climb a tree forgetting where I am for quite some time. I climb to the top advancing my rope as I climb and then I swing. I walk out limbs leaping to the next and I hang, upside down of course. I’m a tree guy by trade you see so my behavior is not as abnormal as it would seem. Here’s a link for photo’s of tree climbing and chainsaws: Pittsburgh, Pa: Three Seasons in the Hometown

While I’m climbing the tree, Orion is in a chapel next to the hostel playing the piano. I walk over when I’m good and tired and I sit and listen. He’s fantastic. Seriously. Mountain Goat and Finch join in the merry music making. Mountain Goat plays the piano just as well as Orion. I’m taking aback watching her lose herself in her music.

A man whose name I’ve forgotten (sorry!) hears us playing and joins in on his guitar. To think people pay for shows such as this! When he’s done, Finch barrows the guitar and plays for a while herself losing herself as much as Mountain Goat.

When the music dies we wander into town for dinner at the bar. Dinner turns silly as salad is stuffed into a mouth. I have a photo of the ordeal but am not posting out of kindness… Orion and I split an appetizer. We have spaghetti to be cooked at the hostel. Fun and affordable.

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My Shadow posing with the Goat turned Panda.
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Add a morning Finch to the mix!
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Orion and I helped Tie move a few things. This was hanging in the garage. Y’all know I like bicycles A LOT, right?!
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My Shadow and Mountain Goat bought me a bag of coffee they ground themselves in the store. Thank you 🙂
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A banner hanging in a store in Hot Springs. I have a soft spot for kind words.
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The coffee they gave me! One of the best coffees I’ve ever had.
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Orion was told of this piano in the chapel next door to the hostel. He and Mountain Goat spent a while serenading us.
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Mama Finch!
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And Mountain Goat both sitting in the window of the chapel while we listen to someone strum a guitar.
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That someone a strummin’ said guitar.
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Mountain Goat taking a photo of Finch and myself.
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Finch picks up the guitar and plays some tunes as well.
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Mountain Goat and Finch goofing around. Everyone is so musical!
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A decoration at the Laughing Heart Hostel in Hot Springs, NC.

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