First the Family toured Amicalola Falls State Park. The first people we met was an eager Thru Hiker named Get Weird and her nervous parents. She had her pack on and was waiting for the ever enthusiastic Serenity, the Park employee that give guidelines for the Hikers and soothes worry parents nerves. We were picture taking and explaining how things were going to happen tomorrow when Stone hits the trail to our 6 year old daughter. Get Weird grew tired of pacing and sat on one of the park benches out back where the starting arch is. The gound was soft and the bench was old with the corners of the legs worn. As soon as Get Weird's full weight settled, the bench started to tip backwards in slow motion taking her with it. We all scrambled to help catch her and help her from her turtle on it's back predicament. All were laughing and joking that she had now gotten her first fall on the AT out of the way. Serenity then came back out with two more hikers starting that day called Beez and Buzz. It was a great day to hike and shortly they were on their way. I know that Get Weird is making good time and is a day ahead of Stone. Beez and Buzz are coming a long a little slower as he as already passed them on his hike.
We left the park check-in after meeting Serenity and the hikers, to meet up with Craig and Suzie Miles and their children for breakfast at the lodge. We had a wonderful time talking with them. They were kind enough last spring to help with Stone's training, it was great catching back up after a year. After breakfast we all settled on a short jaunt to the Falls. They were beautiful and got to see were Stone would hike the 604 steps to the top tomorrow. We were sad to say goodbye but we were wanting to drop a small re-supply box off at Mountain Crossings.
Mountain Crossings outfitters is the only place the the Appalachian Trail runs thru a building. They have gear and food for the hikers.
To Be Continued...