AT Thru Hike | Day 104 8/20/18 | 24.2 miles
A few times last night I woke up chilly, and had to pull my quilt tighter over me. Usually I'm waking up sweaty and tossing it off me to cool down. The beautiful weather continued today, and I couldn't be happier about it.
The trail was mud, mud, water, and more mud. Much of the day was spent hopping around patches to keep our feet dry. I'm a couple days we'll be entering Vermont, or as it's often called, Vermud, known infamously for it's muddy trails. I suppose this is preparation for that.
We took lunch next to a nice stream flowing out of a beaver bog. There was a light breeze, and by the end of lunch we were starting to feel chilly after sitting for an hour.
Later in the afternoon we visited a woman known as the Cookie Lady. She owns a house right next to the trail, gives out free cookies to hikers, and has a huge pick your own blueberry field. We ate cookies and blueberries, and drank lemonade. It was an excellent break.
We then realized we were a bit behind schedule to get to our intended campsite: the backyard of a trail angel named Tom who owns a house right on the street the trail follows as it passes through Dalton, MA. We hustled just like on our recent 30 mile day and made it with plenty of daylight. As we walked up there was a group sitting outside on a picnic table. “Want some dinner?” Tom asked us. We graciously said we'd love some food!
We ate chicken, baked potatoes, carrots, cabbage, and hard boiled eggs from his next door neighbor’s chickens. Between the tasty food, the good company, and the totally unexpected offer of dinner, it was the best meal I've had in a long time.
Tom has been helping hikers out for 39 years, before the trail even went in front of his house. He said in 2015 he had over 1,000 hikers stay at with him! At that point it was too much, so he had himself removed from the most popular guide book, and last year only had 800 people stay with him.
His generosity was incredible, another example of the amazing people you meet while on this trail.
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