Journal 81-ODYSSEY 2021: Bama to Baxter-Hike On!

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Tuesday–May 11, 2021
Trail Day–081
Trail Mile–9.6/791.2
Location–Hughes Gap Road, then to the VRBO near Hampton, AT Mile 374.1

The beautiful mountain home (VRBO) rented for three days by Maggie is total luxury. Everything has been considered. Janice had even brought her special lasagna for supper, which they prepared in the luxurious kitchen, then served in the dining room. My room? Huge king-size bed, private bath with both hot tub and shower.

Maggie prepares a fine breakfast for me then drives Janice and me back to Iron Mountain Gap. Janice will be hiking with me to Hughes Gap, a short 9+ mile day. We’re on trail just after eight. Cloudy and cold this morning for our climb up and over Piney Bald and Iron Mountain. The clouds finally break early afternoon and we’re afforded a great view from Little Rock Knob.

Maggie has driven around to Hughes Gap Road and hikes in to meet us. We enjoy our hike together as we gather ramps to fry for supper.

Ahh, and supper (back again at the VRBO) prepared by Maggie–venison burgers, compliments of Mark, Maggie’s husband. Evening, I relax in the hot tub, spend time with Maggie and Janice, then work my journal before hitting the (huge) sack…


My tastes are simple,
I am easily satisfied with the best.
(Winston Churchill)

2 Comments on “Journal 81-ODYSSEY 2021: Bama to Baxter-Hike On!

  1. Beautiful pictures Eb! I must admit I was concerned a bit about you with the weather and all. You seem to be really blessed my friend as you have more folks coming alongside from everywhere and it I am so less worried for you now. My dad’s estate business continues. Most everything except vehicles and mobile have been taken care so just waiting for a buyer to come along for the mobile. My aunt Kathi, dads sister is moving to Missouri to be close to her daughter in Peculiar. I am helping wherever I can with her yard sales as well as packing treasures. It’s tough as she is purging as she goes and has treasures from family that she hasn’t seen in over ten years. They have been in storage since she moved to WA. Well getting long so I will wish you good health and continued blessed hiking days. Be well my friend!🙋🙋🏼‍♂️🦮🥰👍

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  2. VRBO, Lasagna, Venison Burgers, banquet and lodging fit for the King of the mountains!


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