Walking to the Flip Flop Festival from Weverton, I was going against the traffic of several hikers that looked like they were out to do something serious. My mind wandered to something my hiking friend Google told me a few years ago (when I was hiking through Georgia). “You oughta be here in the Spring” she told me, “hiking south through Georgia is…interesting.”
Here in Maryland, the thruhikers I usually see are lean, determined, and move very fast! They have 1000 miles under their belts and have settled in for the ride. Today, as I strode quickly down the canal to meet Queen V, I passed several clean, not lean, well, okay, some were lean…but not in that “I’ve been beating the trail and the trail’s been beating me” kind of lean. The backpacks were flashy…can I say that? I felt like I was walking through the REI website…oh yes, and I’ll take one of those…two of these…oh, and how cute is that, he is dragging his pack behind him on a wheelie thingy! Oh, I wanted to see that guy drag the wheelie thing with his pack up Weverton. 🙂 A little sadistic, yes, I am.
“You’ve got to give a little, take a little,
and let your poor heart break a little.
That’s the story of, that’s the glory of …” What the hell, Bette Midler’s song from Beaches? Where did that come from?!! Walk faster, Bette must be left behind! These hikers would deal or not. I had to get to Harper’s Ferry…it was now 9:24 am and I was supposed to meet Queen V at 10 am. I had my phone on airplane mode and was blissfully not getting any of her texts…
Tramped over the railroad bridge to Harper’s Ferry at 9:50! Quick stop at the train station, then up the hill to the ATC. It was getting hot! By the time I met up with Queen V I was ready to shed one of my layers. Then it was time for some exploring.
First stop, of course, is to get someone to take our picture in front of the ATC. Yeah, I have like fifteen pictures in front of the ATC…but you know…it’s my Alamo. So there.
We went around back to check out the vendors, and most importantly, scope out the food situation. The food truck looked mighty promising with its sweet potato and black bean burrito (it was freakin delicious!).
Queen V, as usual, being the diva that she is
demanded requested sweetly to have her picture taken in various locals…(she is now hounding me to get this post done as quickly as possible). I did mention that “narcissism becomes her”! 😉
There was a workshop at 11:30 am we were going to attend. I knew the presenter by name only here in blogland…but I am happy to say I have now met Sisu face to face and a nicer guy he could not be! 🙂 He did a great presentation and it was just so neat to meet someone I had only known through comments on this blog. Here’s to meeting up again sometime, Sisu! 🙂 🙂
Oh, and by the way, the weather for this event was just the best! However, that did not stop me from hitching a ride back to my car (Thanks Queen V!). Yeah, after that sweet potato & black bean burrito…and a creamsicle…I kinda lost my mojo for huffing it back down the canal to my car.
So good luck flip floppers! and all thruhikers! And even if Maine eludes you, the adventure of the dream did not! Hike on! 🙂