This past weekend had perfect hiking weather, but I was not on the trail. I had to get off to watch the Final Four…Carolina was back in the running for our fifth national championship! And boy was it a good break! Carolina cruised to victory and I was pumped to watch it at home in Boone.
What awaited me when I returned to the trail? SNOW. And lots if it; waist high sometimes. Western NC got a huge snowstorm, especially in the higher elevations where I’ve been hiking. Trudging through it has been a challenge, especially after a nice break in Boone with all the comforts of home and family.
I have to give a shout out to my Mom for being such a wonderful host to me and my hungry hiker friends for three days. We had some amazing food including gourmet breakfasts, steaks, fresh veggies, homemade cake and cookies, and a trip to the Daniel Boone Inn. Thanks Mom!
Speaking of food we saw a pretty cool documentary in Boone called Food Fight on Sunday night. It analyzes the commercial food industry in America as well as the recent trend in local, organic farmers market trends. Google it!
I also have to give a big shout out to my hiking partner Stuart. After joining me on the trail for the past month, Stuart is heading to Chapel Hill for a job researching frogs or something biologically important like that. The main thing I know is that this job includes a paid trip to Costa Rica to collect different frog species. I’m sure he’ll find a way to fit in some surfing ;)
Stuart has been a great hiking partner, very knowledgable about Appalachia and its wildlife. He’s also a fast hiker and definitely helped push me in the early days as I was getting into shape on the trail. Stuart I’ll miss you – don’t have too much fun in Costa Rica!