Monday, March 17, 2008


Mule.jpg, originally uploaded by Hikingfool.

Good morning & happy St. Patricks day. Well about to start off the day after eating a hearty breakfast at Rivers End. Scott mentioned that this morning will be tough...going up about 3500 ft in about 6-8 miles! Yeah baby. But I keep telling myself it is all down hill after that!
Well you maybe wondering what the picture is about. Any guesses to what type of fungus it is. I picked it because there is an interesting story to go with it, plus it is green for st. patty's day. I will give the answer tomorrow. Ok now the rest of the story.

Well I met this guy back on day 5. He started the trail caarrying a 65 lb pack! That is twice the weight of mine! Way to heavy for a thruhiker, hence he was quickly named Mule! When I met him, he had it down to 57 lb. Well the other interesting and odd thing about him was that he was on a 500 dollar budget for his thruhike! So in order to save money, he had beeen collecting the fungi in the picture & eating them with his food!

Happy Bday Eric! Hike on!


Anonymous said...

Be sure to celebrate and enjoy the top of Cheoah Bald, You've earned it! Hike on! Praying for you. Bob (3 amigos!)

Anonymous said...

Hi from mom,
Happy st. patrick's day! I like when you have quizes and questions like the fungi today even though I don't know the answers. I can't believe someone eats this stuff, yuck. Well have a good day hiking.
Love ya, mom

M. Kate said...

Wow, that's like A.T. manna or something! :)