Tuesday, May 21, 2013

5/17-5/19: Damascus Round 3 (Wendy)

Hello all,

Wendy here with another update from the trail! It seems that we just can't find our way out of Damascus. No matter how far we go it just seems to keep sucking us back in! This time was a very special visit- Trail Days! This is the biggest AT hiker gathering of the year. We were told that over 13,000 people attend the gathering every year! 

This weekend was a once in a lifetime experience. The atmosphere was incredibly energetic and it was so great to see all of the hikers that we haven't seen in a while! Some of the highlights include Lady, Bomber, King, Zeus, and Buttercup! In addition to all of the hikers, every major backpacking gear vendor in the United States seemed to be there! To cap off the weekend, free food was everywhere!

While the weekend was incredible, there was some quite somber news to report. During the annual parade for the hikers, an elderly man who was driving in the parade had a medical emergency and ended up running over several hikers. The accident ended in several hikers being airlifted, however thankfully nobody lost their lives. A prayer goes out to all of the people affected and their families. 

Until next time,

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