Yes I know I’ve been gone a while and I’m sorry about that. I have been back in the saddle for a few months now, but wanted to make sure I was going to stick with it this time before I started writing again.
I was all prepared to talk about my big come back, but first, I think it’s important to tell you about a recent hiking trip Kristy and I took first.
A few weeks ago, Kristy and I decided to go on a hiking trip in the north Georgia mountains. The place we hiked to is named the Len Foote Hike Inn; a beautiful lodge that parallels the Appalachian Trail and the only way to get there is by hiking a 5 mile trial that begins at Amicalola State Park.
Feeling tired and fatigued and only 2 hours of hiking behind us, we reach the bottom of a long decent where we found ourselves faced with some pretty rocky terrain that lead us to a creek we needed cross before we could start our hike up the next mountain. Not far ahead, I heard a women’s voice. I heard her yell out to someone “I want to do it myself!” When we finally caught up to her, I see that she is using a walker. Astonished by what I was seeing, I just stood there and watched her trying to navigate the rocks while crossing the stream. My first instinct was to run to her and try to help her, but I remember her shouting out that she wanted to do it herself, so I stayed put and watched. When she finally crossed the creek, Kristy and I said hi and passed her and the gentleman who was walking with her and continued on our way. Kristy and I could not believe what we had just witnessed and made me think twice complaining about being tired.
We finally reached the Hike Inn after 4 hours of hard hiking. I can’t say that I didn’t complain anymore after meeting Kathy; in fact, I broke down into tears during the last quarter mile of the hike out of pure exhaustion.
When we got a settled into our room, we when joined the rest of our fellow hikers for a tour of the property. After the tour, we all headed over to the dining hall for dinner. Looking around, I spotted Kathy sitting at a table with about 6 other people eating and laughing looking all refreshed. Later I learned that it took her 6 hours to complete the hike. Knowing how I felt when we finally finished the hike, I could only imagine how she was feeling, though you would never know it looking at her.
The next morning after breakfast, I sought Kathy out. I had to talk to her. I couldn’t get her out of my head and really wanted to to hear her story. When I finally found her, I introduced myself to her and asked if she minded if I talked to her for a while. She was more than happy to speak with me.
Kathy, a 56 year old women from Tennessee, hiked the trail with her brother, Dave, who was here from Detroit. Both were on their way to a family reunion and decided to do this hike together before they went. Kathy has been suffering from Diabetes for several years and once weighed close to 500 pounds. To help her loose weight she started hiking with the assistance of her walker. Once she even did a section of the Appalachian Trail. She has lost well over 200 pounds so far and has to keep seeing her doctor to have her medication adjusted to coincide with her weight loss. Her personality was so bright and cheery and her smile infectious that I didn’t want our conversation to end. Unfortunately, we had to pack up and head back out on the trail for our trip home. I told her how happy I was to meet her that she was a true inspiration. I said goodbye and headed back to my room to gather my things, but not before she gave both my cheeks a good pinch.
As we were checking out, we ran into Dave who told us that Kathy had left an hour earlier to get a head start on the trail. He was getting ready to leave to catch up with her. Amazed again that she took off by herself. Hoping to catch up with her, Kristy and departed the Hike Inn and headed out on the trail. After about 2 hours we finally caught up with them. We stopped and talked for awhile, took some pictures and then she gave me her phone number so we could keep in contact. We said goodbye again and we headed home.
Yesterday, while writing this post, I found a coment on my previous post she left me. See it here. It’s meeting people like Kathy that really keeps me going.
Other pictures from our trip