Hansel and Gretel requested a blog post just to assure everyone that they are still alive after the terrible storms and tornadoes that have been ripping through the country. They made it through Pearisburg, VA putting them at the 625 mile mark. The storms actually did not affect them very much. There was one evening with some rather incredible lightening. The way Hansel described it, it sounded more like they were at a night club than spending a night in the woods. The lightening was flashing every 2 seconds for about 15 minutes without cease, as if it was a strobe light. Interestingly enough, there was no thunder to be heard. Only the intense flashes. It was a bazaar storm.
Last night Hansel and Gretel stayed at a hostel called The Woods Hole, which was very beautiful. The hostel also had a massage business and some other amenities. Hansel and Gretel were able to take a shower and do their laundry while they were there. They had access to a refrigerator filled with soda, juice and ice cream, AND they were given a loaf of fresh baked bread before leaving, which they ate for dinner and breakfast!
Right now, Hansel and Gretel are staying at Rice Field Shelter, located at the top of a mountain. Our hiking friends concluded their day as they witnessed one of the most beautiful sunsets from the mountains summit. When they returned to the shelter, they found that the last group who stayed there left a sleeping bag behind. With a plan to lay their own sleeping bags on top of it, Hansel and Gretel were looking forward to a little extra padding tonight!
Happy trails, a mountain sunset, and a little extra cushioning!