Happy Easter everyone!
Today, I hiked 3 miles into Hot Springs, North Carolina for resupply and a rest day.
Had a great view this morning hiking into town.
Below is a picture above the small town of Hot Springs.
In town, I got a room at Elmmers Sunnybank Inn. This place is pretty neat. It is actually a large home that is over 170 years old and full of antiques. Had a nice shower in a clawfoot bathtub. My laundry was washed. Having a homemade vegetarian dinner hand made by the owner, who also was a gourmet chief, Methodist Minister, civil rights and labor union activist, Buddist sympathizer and so much more. All for about $35. Without dinner, it would be about $20.
During World War 2, I was told female German prisoners of war were kept here. The male prisoners were at a camp not far from here. So much history in this landmark of a home and hostel.
I got to meet a retired 2 Star Navy Admiral today, which was a privilege.
Also meet other cool hikers here. The guy I have been hiking with invited Spice to stay with us, as the place was sold out and we just met her as she was looking for a room. She will sleep on the floor and is from the Maple Grove, Minnesota area. She is doing 20+ miles a day, so will likely not see her again.
The guy I was hiking with is going to try to get a dental crown put back on that fell off sometime tomorrow. The closest town with a dentist is about 20 miles away. I decided to keep hiking tomorrow. It would be nice if we connect again, but if not that is ok too. Hikers are all woven of the same thread in the fabric of the trail community, sometimes we connect and separate and reconnect. Making friends and connections happens very quickly here. It’s a good thing. I also miss and think of people who mean a lot to me back home. I cannot call anyone today, which is Easter and I really wish I could, but cell service does not seem to exist here. At least I was able to get a few emails out. Love and miss everyone.
Oh…before I forget…According to trail statistics, 50% of those attempting a thru hike drop out by Hot Springs. I am continuing on.