Magic is Real!

Within a day of writing some musings on how to keep rodents away from my food , I received my very first glimpse of trail magic.


No less than twelve hours prior to this experience, my husband and I were talking about the idea of “trail magic.” Legend has it that, periodically, AT thru-hikers are bestowed with small gifts usually in the form of food or rides from strangers or near-strangers. From what I gather, these small luxuries are coveted and honored with great reverence. The husband and I both agreed that though this does appear to happen to some people, it is not mathematically likely to happen to us. We acknowledge the great comforts and boons we’ve enjoyed. If things are fair in the world, other people should receive just as good things. Unfortunately, I do not believe that all is fair in the world. I am truly apologetic if I’ve somehow pulled good fortune from you, because we have ALREADY received some trail magic.

After reading my thoughts on the trifecta system of rodent deterring (yet to be tested ), I received an unsolicited yet welcome FB message from Soggy Bottom — shower, food, and a ride once we get to the MD/PA border.

But wait, there’s more. Less than three weeks later, I received a generous, surprise gift from one of my dear, dear cousins that will surely help us in a really big way. Most of our gear is pretty sweet and we’ve been cultivating it over the past decade, but this AT adventure prep has shown us that a few things need to be upgraded. This incredible gift from the cuz is going to really assist us in staying safe. And from my mom! She claims to have been holding on to a one hundred dollar bill for the event of a rainy day. It seems that rainy day has come and I am the recipient of this fine paper which is now resting in theoretical form in my bank account.

Lucky. Grateful. Thank you.

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