Thursday, February 21, 2008

Greetings from Helen, GA!

Hey everyone! Adam and I are in Helen, GA at the public library...just picked up our first food drop. The hiking's been great so far, we've already met a little crew of thru-hikers that we're currently leap-frogging with: Ringo, Flutter, Dart-man, and Yeddy. (We still are Adam and Phil.) The weather's been really interesting but generally nice. One day we were in all our winter gear eating trail mix in a valley, the next hour hiking on a ridge in t-shirt and shorts. The terrain isn't too rough yet, although we've been going up and down a few mountains here in the Chattahoochee. Two nights ago we stayed at the Walasi-Yi Hostel at Neel's Gap. It was a real neat little hiker hostel, where we bought some nice hot-pockets to fill our stomachs. Adam and I had a laugh at the extensive Hot-Pocket instructions, which even tell you to wait 2 minutes to eat it so you don't burn yourself, which put in our heads images of people on the edge of their seats, waiting for the moment they could slam a Hot-Pocket into their mouth. That's it for now, we gotta get off the computers and get back out to hitch-hike to the trailhead in the rain, which has not started. We'll try to update every few days.

-Phil

3 comments:

adam's mom said...

Thanks for your great description Phil - well done and good luck! We think of you both every day.

Joe said...

phil - you should probably have a badass german-ish nickname by the time it's over...

i'm going to be in pisgah, nc backpacking over spring break (2 weeks) - where will you be then?

joe m.

dog walker said...

Philip, was that not an awesome minivan ride up to the parking lot at Springer Mountain? Uncle J. and Aunt T's navagation skills with the GPS were amazing. Our ride home was just as cool (took a different but equally memorable route). How are you enjoying that trail mix? And the veggie powder? Yum!