Monday, April 14, 2014

April 14, 2014 - Erwin, TN

Updated: we found Minty a home!!! Thanks for everyone who helped out!

We are on Erwin, TN at mile 341.5 on the trail. Got in yesterday after 6 days on the trail. Minty came with us for this next section and will be hiking with us until the end of June. At that point we will go home for a weekish for a wedding and bring Minty to our friend in Boston who is adopting him. So happy we found him a home!

Minty is a great hiker. He has been a lot of fun to have around, although he has been very emotionally stressful at times for me to deal with in regards to finding him a home, becoming attached to him, the additional chores and responsibilities of having a dog, and trying to train him. So far he has been walking on a leash on this collar but we just got him a doggy backpack to use to carry his food. Hopefully he takes to it easily.

We hiked this section alone. Our friend group split up after Hot Springs, but we met back up with Fran and Harry at this hostel here (Uncle Johnny's Hostel). It was nice to see them again and we got great Mexican food last night. They left this morning, but we are staying in town until tonight because we are taking Minty to the vet for a wellness visit and vaccinations and dewormer. Hopefully he gets into the shuttle without a struggle.

Hopefully we can leave  tonight for about 5 miles to the shelter... but this depends on how the vet visit goes. Hope to catch up to our friends soon. Supposed to be rain the next day or so. That's okay with me since we had such hot sunny weather the past week. Hopefully Minty doesnt mind too much.

Our packs weigh about 42 pounds each right now with food and water. I think my pack is supposed to only be rated for 35. Our friend Rafiki's pack is only 19!! Hope to send home some stuff once we get to Hampton, TN. Should be sufficiently warm then.

I dont have too many pictures from this section because my battery died fast. But here is what I got...

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