They Say There’s No Crying on the AT, and That’s a Lie
Last week four friends came up for a nice long weekend visit. We did all the regular things girlfriends do on a weekend getaway like laugh at my perpetual stink and overindulge in the finer things like Red Vines and jerky. OK, so maybe it wasn’t just a regular girls’ weekend out. In fact, it was so unregular that I still insisted on getting some miles in and even succeeded in getting two of them on the trail with me for an afternoon hike. The hike had been planned well before their arrival, but what we hadn’t planned for was a walk in the rain. After giving them several opportunities to bail they insisted and we headed out. Conditioned to the rain, I was happy to be slackpacking, be in good company, and to walk through the afternoon on mild terrain. A few minutes into the hike my friends’ faces didn’t reflect the light and airy vibe that had me buzzing.
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