Number One Son, Mel
Off To The Wild Blue Yonder
Dropping Mel off at the Appalachian Trail at Nantahala National Park (Wesser, NC), June 15, 2004
Getting on the Pack
Final adjustments & strap tweaking
Now, all he has to do is cross the street!
Yay! Made it!
He crosses the bridge & is off on his big adventure!
- June 19, 2004: I will post any and all updates that I get from him, though I am not really expecting to hear much.
- June 24, 2004: A charge shows up on our mutual VISA card. Yay! He's still alive!
- July 1, 2004: A mysterious package arrives which upon opening is filled with unneeded maps & food staples & a note from Mel starting off with: "Hi, I bet you weren't expecting this..."
- July 3, 2004: Phone call from Mel! He's in Erwin, Tennessee. He's doing well, still on track/schedule, and staying at a hostel there for only $10 a night!
Wow, I think I'll give up where I'm living & go live on the Appalachian Trail; it's cheaper! ;D
- July 13, 2004: Mel cuts his trip short & we go and retrieve him from Damascus, Virginia, NOT Tennessee! (Funny story there... When Mel called us on the previous Friday and said that he would be in Damascus, I looked it up on the map and looked it up on Yahoo maps. Unbeknownst to me, the Damascus I found was the one in Tennessee and when Mel called back when he actually arrived there to give details on how to find him, we had problems finding the street name he was saying the hostel was near... well, it finally occurred to us to say, "That's Damascus, Tenn, right?" But nooooo! Twas Damascus, VA! How funny would it have been if we had driven all the way to the wrong Damascus & tried to find him there?? Turns out they were both just about equidistant from Durham too!) We decide to stay overnight in Boone & make it a family trip to the mountains.
He's going to put his story up on his site & I'll post the link here as soon as it is available.
Back to Family Page