The Home Place
Catawba – the home of The Home Place…this is every hikers dream. It is an all you can eat meal served family style. Not many restaurants do this anymore, so when you find a home cooked meal that is all you can eat, it is hard to say no.
Our day of hiking consisted of practically rappelling down Dragon’s Tooth and over several other mountains. We had decided not to eat lunch in order to save room for this tasty meal. But, that proved to be a mistake as we failed to have enough energy to climb the only mediocre hills that laid in between us and the feast. Each seemed to drag on and on. Then finally we came upon a road…the road to Catawba! We were able to get a hitch the one mile to the restaurant.
There was a bit of a wait to be seated, it was Sunday around 2pm after all. But once they brought out the food we were in heaven. We weren’t sure what to do with the fancy plates and silverware after eating out of a pot with spork (or foon if you prefer). As we spooned green beans, mashed potatoes, ham, fried chicken, and other various food items Comma-Kaze, Castaway and I reveled in being in a restaurant with people that smelled much better than us. We thought they might have a separate section for hikers. 🙂 They didn’t. I am sure they get hikers all the time.
We could have asked for seconds on any of the items, even dessert, but we were barely able to finish firsts. The dessert was a berry compote with ice cream. Wow! Glad I saved room! We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly, it’s too bad there aren’t places like this every 50 miles on the trail.
Once back out to the trail it was hard to get going again. I ended up going only 2 miles to the 2nd shelter. I slept well, dreaming of fried chicken and compote.