Appalachian Trials Trail Magic 2015: The Recap

Last year it was Wendy’s, this year the Appalachian Trials Trail Magic extravaganza took aim at the Golden Arches.  “Oh wow.”

This stop at McDonalds was preceded with a trip to the local FoodLion, Dollar General, and of course, the liquor store (for the 21+ crowd only, always).

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I pulled up to the Trail, just outside of Shady Valley, with a car full of calories, ready for a day’s worth of feeding hungry hikers.  I quickly learned that it would not work out exactly this way, as I had landed in the center of the hiker bubble.

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This year, we were blessed to have a handful of virtual trail angels– thank you to Jeff Vreeland, Ellie Beckett (a former trail magic recipient!), John Wilson (aka MoFo), Ted Mason, and Jenna Catalona!

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The below pictures (courtesy of 2015 thru-hiker, “Peaches”.  Badger dropped the photo-taking-ball, opting instead to spend this time soaking up the thru-hikers’ stories) represent just the first wave of thru-hikers who came through for the day.  There were many.  More than I can count- which means, at least 9.

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I spy 13 thru-hikers.

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Badger and photographer / 2015 thru-hiker, “Peaches”.

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After blowing through the first round of food and drink in approximately 2 hours, Badger made another trip to town, this time to raid the Burger King dollar menu (no video, sorry).  Again, I dropped the ball with capturing photos- HOWEVER- I did my best to encourage (see: threaten) the hikers to sign our trail magic register.

(Warning: some of the entries contain adult language.)

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(Here’s the backstory to Detox’s entry.)

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Once again, a HUGE thank you to this year’s Trail Angels.  You guys made several hikers’ days.  Can’t wait to do this again in 2016.  I vow to take more pictures.

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    Tripper Gaming : May 28th

    At the same time just 0.2 miles into the field away from the road we had live music, sports tournaments, a small city of thru hikers and fresh cooked meals 4-5 times a day for 5 days… But we have trail sorcery. Thanks for the McD’s glad you got to stop by our site for a bit it was great to have you guys out there, next time stick around for a few days, come up the hill and have some fun with us.

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