Hi, I'm Arnold "Bloodhound" Guzman, an avid trail angel, aka, "The Back Country Trail Angel". My sister, Maria, owns Standing Bear Farms Hiker Hostel. I am a newspaper writer who loves taking my Bloodhounds, Caroline and Beau Diddley, adventuring deep into the backcountry shelters all up and down the A.T, where I serve hikers fresh food and drink while I look for stories. When there's been enough hikers, I have cooked complete hot meals for 10 or more persons at the most remote shelters, far away from resupply. In the off seasons, I sometimes join the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club doing trail maintenance.
One sunny cold February afternoon, I headed out through the lovely Appalachians to visit this lonely little unassuming hostel. It was situated across
The folks gathered in the Newfound Gap parking lot are nine of the hardiest trail maintainers you'll ever meet. They are members of the Smoky Moun