April 22, 2012

This morning I hiked the 3.6 miles to Standing Bear Farm Hostel in the pouring rain. I’m glad I pulled up last night and stayed at the shelter, leaving only a short hike today. It has poured rain and been cold all day – definite hypothermia weather. I’m sharing a cabin with Slushee, Captain and Bear Hands. They’re calling for snow tonight. People have been pouring in all afternoon and Curtis and Maria, the owners of the farm have been putting people up in out buildings and on porches, since all the available beds are taken. In weather like this, it’s dangerous to be out.

I am amazed at the incredible adventure I’m on. I’m staying at this rustic farm, cooking on an old burner stove, and doing laundry on a washboard. The hostel has a small hiker store and everything has prices on it. It operates on an honor system. You come in, grab an envelope and write down all the things you buy or use throughout the day, including the price of your room. When you leave the farm, you settle up with them. There is a privy, a shower building with two showers, and a building with a rustic kitchen and table that we can cook and eat in.

The Cabin

image

The Bunkhouse

image

The Laundry Facilities

image

The Kitchen

image

What an amazing life!

Advertisements
Categories: Appalachian Trail hike | Tags: | Leave a comment

Post navigation

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: