Hot Springs

Alison met us in Hot Springs and it was so exciting to have a car! We didn’t have to walk to the laundry, dinner or the library. The trail goes right through town. There is a vortex in Hot Springs though. Once you get in, it’s hard to get out. We tried to leave town twice. The first time we got out in the afternoon, got lost and then figured we were dehydrated and decided to stealth camp across the river, go back into town and get gatorade and eat a free supper for thru-hikers. There is a group that feeds thru-hikers every Thursday evening. Guess it was meant to be that we were to eat free food. 🙂 Then we actually walked back into town for breakfast the next morning before heading to the trail.

The first night in Hot Springs we stayed at a campground and there was a train track nearby. 3 times during the night the train went through and blew it’s horn. There were also lots of car lights and street lights. When you’re used to sleeping just under the stars, everything is bright. The showers were cold, but lovely.

pink shirt! yeah!

The laundromat had benches and it was a cool place to hang out. Renee got a new shirt, so now she is sporting pink. This is much better than the white number that was slowly turning a grayish yellow. At the diner we were able to read children’s books from the Dolly Parton Imagination library. Reaper would read the forward by Dolly in his most southern accent and Renee would read the main portion of the book. Why does the mosquito buzz in people’s ears was Renee’s personal favorite. Other books included: Llama Llama misses Mama, The little engine that could and You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man. I think all restaurants should have books you can read while waiting for your food.

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 May 11, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. The state of South Dakota sends every kid born there a Dolly Parton Immagination Library book every month until they are five years old. Our Sonora got her last this year and we were in Turkey! Loving hearing all the trail stories!

  2. Kathy Harder

    hey Renee, you’re looking good! sounds like you have all the makings of a book to write when you’re done with this hike! Glad Alison can keep up with you in angel fashion! Continuing to pray for your safety– and warm weather but not too hot! Kathy

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