Monday, July 15, 2013
Back on the Trail (Slack Packing)
Started at Partnership Shelter
Ended at Relax Inn
11.5 Miles hiked
Today was our first time slack packing, meaning we got dropped off at point A, then picked up at point B. Many people get a Hostel to drop them 15-20 miles up the trail and they hike back to the Hostel. This way you can leave your sleeping bag, tent, and cooking gear behind.
Andy dropped us off and shortly after he left it started to rain, and kept raining for the next 2 hours. We all had our rain gear but the kids didn't bring backpacks. They really liked the freedom of not having a pack, and sang about how free they felt.
It wasn't until lunch that I got my phone out and took a picture of the kids as we started the descent to the Relax Inn. It was nice to hike in this area; not many rocks, blackberries, apple trees, and a big section of slightly downhill.
We skipped The Relax Inn since Andy took us in the morning. We had 4 boxes (2 from Amazon, 1 from Mary-j, and 1 from REI). It was like Christmas. Andy took them back to the house while the kids and I started our hike, but when we got back home we had to sort the food (see picture).
We only saw one other hiker (Pedro I think), but we saw Boogie Legs at the gas station. He took a few zero days waiting for his dog. His dad was driving from Alabama with the dog and then they were going to get the dog a pack. .