Back in May, Beau and I headed down to Damascus, Virginia for the annual Appalachian Trail festival "Trail Days". Current and former thru hikers come to this event to shop at vendor tents, see hiker friends, hike around the area, attend lectures, and hang out in Damascus because it's awesome. Oh, and partying. Lots of partying.
|welcome to Damascus! and vendor tents in the background|
|Keeper (and Duke), me, Beau, 5 Pair, and Lady Forward|
|after our morning run|
|LF, Beau, Me, Pepperboy, Golden, and a SOBO guy I don't know|
|Team Forward Progress!|
|Joiner and Progress|
All the people who were hit (I think maybe 6-8 were taken to the hospital) were okay. No one was seriously injured, and the girl who was trapped underneath only had a broken toe.
|the parade, pre accident|
|ladies by the pond|
|Sexy hiker calendar.. see his halfway video here (it's hilarious. And further proof that SOBOs are weird)|
|watching the hiker "talent" show|
Driving back home, we stopped for a quick day hike up McAfee Knob. This place has some of the best views on the trail. We even found some thru hikers (who didn't attend trail days, obviously) to share some trail magic with. The day was super overcast, so we had no views but enjoyed the cool weather. It's funny, the misty overcast days are no fun as a thru hiker because you stuff is wet, your tent is wet, and the trail is slippery. But as a day hiker who is heading home to a shower and a clean bed? Fantastic!
|couldn't see a thing, but McAfee Knob is always awesome|