trail through the store

On Easter Monday we hiked 7.4 miles, but we hiked up and back down Blood Mountain. Up wasn’t too bad, but the way down was made up huge slightly downward slanted, smooth rocks. It was killer on the knees and feet. So, about 1 mile from Neel Gap we sat on a log feeling pretty down. We just wanted to get somewhere with a shower and a place to sit. Good thing the Walasi-Yi was there! The trail actually goes through an archway of the store/hostel. We decided to stay there for a $15 per person with supper and breakfast being donations. We stayed with about 12 guys, awesome. We haven’t seen too many girls out here, especially 2 girls hiking together by themselves. We showered, did laundry and got advice from the store employees on everything from blister care to canister stoves. They were really helpful. After our showers we were stylin’ in our rain suits cause our town clothes are more summery than spring-like. We sent off some text messages and called home. Mom was relieved to hear our voices.

Pirate made us a supper of grilled chicken, beans and strawberry cake. Nice. Pirate it


the caretaker of the hostel and actually lives in a room off to the side. He was a little gruff, but a good cook. The hostel itself looks like it is stuck int he 70’s with a taste of Hawaii and Halloween. There are pictures of thru-hikers on the walls, a TV with old movies and a couch with a head on the side with an arm coming out of the bottom. They also have a tree that is full of boots. These are boots people have left there.

Shoes in the tree

There was a plug in board where we could charge our batteries, phones and camera. A pretty neat set up. We both had top bunks and the matteresses didn’t quite fit, but we slept okay. There wasn’t too much snoring.

The next day we packed our food from our mail drop and weighed our packs again. This time Alison’s was 35 and mine was 41. Much better! We also sent home 5.6 pounds of gear. Later we realized we needed some of that stuff. Oops. We met Crooked Sticks today. He’s a nice guy and we hope to see more of him. It was an interesting first stay in a hostel.

About Renee

I enjoy adventures. Whether running marathons, thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, working with Service Adventure, or working with youth as Program Director of Swan Lake Christian Camp for 9 years, I have encountered many an adventure. On this site I will try to capture the big and small ones for you. Enjoy!

Posted on April 14, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. What a description, Hawaii and Halloween
    . It made me laugh. Keep up the descriptions. We are on the adventure with you. Take heart and for heavens sake, don’t get infections in your blisters!

  2. Love seeing your progress in your blogs! I might not see you out since it looks like my section this year will be New Found Gap southbound to Dick’s Creek Gap in mid May. Enjoy the Smokies…some of the best hiking I’ve ever done is that stretch of park just north of you! Good luck!

  3. Great peice of trail lore! Love that the hostle spans the trail. Sounds like a fantastic place for respite from the AT.

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