Had a great visit this morning. I made breakfast for Loon, a thru hiker from the 1998 season. He lives over in Searsmont, next town over from me. I used to work with him when he was principal of Rockport Elementary school when I worked there in 1989. He has left me a hard copy of his daily Trail Journal, and it means a lot to me to read it. I know a number of the people he refers to in the journal, folks from this area he had relationships with.
It is always a huge breath of fresh air to hang out with a fellow thru-hiker. They have been there, done that, and are usually changed people for doing so. Transformaitonal apprentices, I call them.
I had to share this piece from his journal. Loon is not a big guy, might weigh about 160, pretty lean. He didn’t eat very much here, but on 4/30/98 while in Damascus, VA
” This is what I ate: scrambled eggs, potato hash, five strips of bacon, four glasses of orange juice, four biscuit halves with gravy, grits with cheese, two warm apple dumplings with caramel on them, a large plate of fresh fruit, three slices of tomato, four apricots, a biscuit with apple butter on it, glazed apple dish, and several cups of coffee, We ate for two hours. “