Appalachian Trail Thru-hike Day 4 March 26, 2017 Devils Kitchen to Lance Creek

The miles were still hard, and the food I had brought did not appeal to me at all.

Trail Angel at Woody Gap

Ever since I started my hike, my stomach was upset with the food I had brought with me. All I could think about was eating real food. It was just at the time when I needed it most. I turned a corner on the trail at Woody Gap and smelled something wonderful. A “trail angel” was cooking hot dogs and handing out cold drinks to us tired, hungry hikers. A trail angel is someone who helps hikers out of the kindness of their heart and does not expect or want anything in return. It was a little strange at first just walking up to a total stranger sitting down and eating his food, but it didn’t take long until we were all telling stories and laughing and cutting up together. Even though we had all just met it’s like we had been friends all of our lives. And Let me tell you, those were the best two hotdogs I’ve ever eaten in my life. With a full belly and a renewed spirit, I was ready to hike again.

These were the views I was waiting for. It was breathtaking.

I hadn’t made it more than two more miles down the trail from when I had stopped for those delicious hotdogs when I came to one of my first beautiful views, Big Cedar Ledges. It was a sunny day with a cool breeze blowing. I laid down on the warm rock ledge and looked up at the clouds going by as they cast shadows on the rolling fields below. I counted myself a truly blessed man. After an hour or so nap, I was back on the trail again.

Appalachian Trail Big Cedar Ledges

At the end of the day, I tented out at Lance Creek. While I was there, I met a new friend named Dorthy. She is the one with the blue coat on in the picture below. I’m now about 24.1 miles into the AT. I don’t think my day could have been any better.

Dorthy at Appalachian Trail Lance Creek
Appalachian Trail Lance Creek

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