Hello and thanks for stopping by. When I mention to people I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail I often get people responding “Wow! what an awesome experience, you must have lots of stories. My response is always, “Why yes, I do have lots of stories and I have lots of people to thank for making this trip so amazing. My Aunt is one person who made this adventure so special. Thanks Aunt Lorry. Love ya!
One of the best memories I have is when my aunt drove out to visit me at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. We had been making plans through email and phone for several weeks up to this event and was something I was really looking forward too. Hiking solo is lonely so having a familiar face to spend time with was a nice change of pace from the grueling miles of the trail.
Hikers often dream of food while hiking. The on-trail hiker diet is often made up of dried food, trail mix and other forms of pre-pacaked food. So when hikers get into town they often look forward to feasting on fresh food. One of the reason my aunt’s visit was so special is because my aunt treated me to a nice dinner and lodging. This was a really nice treat and something I really cherished at the time. As I go through my photos and create this post, I’m reminded of this experience and wanted to share it.
Although most of my blog post are related to the hiking, another interest of mine is white water rafting. So naturally I was very excited when I arrived at the NOC. I was even more excited when my aunt proclaimed she wanted to raft with me. So we both headed up the river in our single inflatable kayaks and enjoyed a nice day of floating down the river. In fact now that I’m reflecting on the time I spent here I’m really wanting to re-visit this area and do some more rafting. Now that’s what adventures and stories are all about.
Thanks a million Aunt Lorry!