Thursday, November 26, 2009

Food? No food! ... and a Trail Angel

11 November 2009

After several days in the Smokies, my food was low (as planned).  Hiked across Fontana Dam and into Fontana Village.  Being late in the year, and past the main tourist season, many of the services listed in my guide book are closed.  Even the restaurant in the resort hotel is only open on the weekend.  The General Store, the Outfitter... all closed!  While talking with the employee at the check-in desk, a man overheard my predicament.  He said "why don't you come to my cabin?  My wife has some soup left over from dinner".  Not being in a position to refuse, I accepted.  Robert and Margie (as well as their son Mike) from Luck, WI took me in and fed me.  They had no idea people thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail or what Trail Angels are.  There they were, feeding me and becoming Trail Angels on the spot!  They enjoyed hearing stories about trail life, and even invited me back for breakfast.  The following morning we had a nice breakfast together and before my departure they gave me apples, nuts, and a sandwich.  All very fortunate since hiking on an empty stomach is pretty tough while burning through 4-5,000 calories a day.  Thank you all Trail Angels!!

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