Go Into the Rain

Dear Friends:

We began our A.T. hike three days ago at Springer Mountain, Georgia. Torrential rains and cold weather have made for muddy trails and less than ideal conditions. Day 1 was a rough climb over a mix of slippery rocky terrain and mud which caused Toad to slip and fall not once but twice. Chief had a mishap by missing a trail blaze after a creek crossing causing us both to hike a quarter mile on the wrong trail before discovering the error. By the end of the day we were cold, wet and exhausted and wondering WHY we were out in these elements with aching muscles and pruny feet.  We met several hikers who also planned to go to Maine but several have dropped out already.  We were told that 20% of hikers quit within the first thirty miles.

Day 2 was not only a hike up and down one mountain but TWO mountains. The going up was a killer cardiovascularly, but the decents wreaked havoc on these old knees. The view would have been amazing if there wasn’t so much fog.  Nevertheless, we enjoyed the woods carpeted with last fall’s brown and red leaves and the young green plants of spring popping through.  Wild violets were a welcome sight of color and a reminder to find joy in the small things.

So it’s Day 3 and the rain was so penetrating today that we finished mile 21 and got a ride to the Hiker Hostel to dry out ourselves and our gear.  It has been hard to focus on anything but our discomfort.

Before we left, I downloaded the Jesus Calling app on my iPhone. Today’s devotion read, “When you are shaken out of your comfortable routines, grip My hand tightly and look for growth opportunities. Instead of bemoaning the loss of your comfort accept the challenge of something new. “. Ok, God we get it. We need to embrace the opportunities you provide starting on Day 4…

Chief and Toad

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10 thoughts on “Go Into the Rain

  1. Thanks for sharing your “not to much fun” starting days in the rain. A true test of your conviction to this trek and as we know “what doesn’t kill us will just make us STRONGER. So enjoy this time to rest and then hit the trail once again. GOD BLESS you both.
    C & F

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  2. No need to set any records regarding how far you go in one day, two or six months. I believe your goal is under control with the helping hand from above. I will pray for you each day. Love, Auntie Jo

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  3. Just want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you every step of the way..hopefully your days are at least dappled with some sunshine after the cold wet start. Such a special time to share together and wonderful that you are hiking for John! We will be following your trek. All the best, Justin and Lynn

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  4. This is quite a challenge (I mean for the trail of course) to think it may conquer you two! 🙂 Good luck and we wish you the best! You are great people with an even greater cause…God Bless!

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