Waynesboro, VA to Harpers Ferry,WV [1019 miles]

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I am no longer in constant motion.

Instead, I am perched on the edge of the reflecting pool in Washington DC. Ducks glide across the water and tourists are occupied with snapping pictures. The sun is shining and my feet are soaking in the algae-coated water.

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Yesterday, these feet crossed a stream that marked 1000 miles.

(1000 miles!)

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My feet splash at the water.  This is my first zero day since Trail Days. My body might not be tired, but my mind is ready to rest.

A few days ago, I saw a friend’s Katahdin summit picture from many years ago.  He was dressed in warm layers and holding a champagne bottle in triumph. But what really struck me was the snow covering half of the Katahdin sign.  It makes me wonder.. Why is everybody hiking so fast? Why am I hiking so fast?  I want to slow down and build a tiny snowman at Katahdin.  To me, nothing sounds more lovely.

 

Advice for my next 1000 miles:

-Don’t be afraid to follow the blue blazes to a waterfall

-Don’t be afraid to lose the hiker bubble

-It’s okay to take a zero just to eat at a buffet

-Don’t be afraid to stop hiking in the middle of the day to read a book

-Take more photos

-Write more

-Worry less

 

I am taking some time off the trail to go to Chicago. I have to pack up the apartment and watch Luke graduate from his fellowship program before he heads to Africa.

Don’t worry. It’s a round-trip ticket…. I have another 1000 miles to hike!

 

Some photos from the last week:

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PS:  Thanks for the care packages, homemade cookies, and letters at Harpers Ferry!

Categories: Virginia, West Virginia | 8 Comments

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8 thoughts on “Waynesboro, VA to Harpers Ferry,WV [1019 miles]

  1. jack/snorz

    Wow! You are doing great! Have a great time.

  2. loving your blog. I had a group at keys gap with trail magic on 6/15 looks like we just missed you. best of luck with rest of hike

  3. David Reynolds

    Hello Acorn, Congratulations on making it to Harper’s Ferry and Washington. My son, Cisco Kid, is also hiking the AT. Perhaps you will meet him somewherebetween Harpers Ferry to Kahtadin. He isclose to Waynesboro today. I love all of your pix and your blog. Keep up the great work when you return from Chicago! Dave & Vicki Reynolds Lanham, Maryland

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    • Hi! I actually hiked with Cisco Kid for a few days in Virginia. Hoping I’ll run into him again somewhere.

      • Vicki Reynolds

        This is Vicki Reynolds, Cisco Kid’s Mom. We are meeting Cisco Kid on Sunday, June 30 at Harper’s Ferry. When do you return to the Trail. We are hoping Cisco can meet up with some of his friends before he hits Pennsylvania.

  4. carol Naylor

    Great to see you latest post. We keep following you and are so excited for your journey. My turn next!

  5. CAROLYN ROGERS

    I thought you were going to go to maine? And hike backwards? Enjoy! Carrie

  6. Angie

    Acorn your amazing journey is an inspiration. We love your blog and your beautiful pictures. Hope you enjoyed the care package. When will you be back in the trail? If there is something in particular you would like, just ask, we will do our best to get it to you.

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