~*~ Trail Days 2005 ~*~
Date: May 13-15
Hikers: BroodX & lilmountaingirl & about 1200 others
ride took about 7 hours, stopping a couple of times to stretch and once to
switch drivers. BroodX took the first shift in the
wee hours of the morning but I stayed awake to make sure he stayed up too! No
sleeping at the wheel! About halfway, we switched and I took over the driving
while he got some much needed sleep. By , we were rolling into
Who We Met Up With: Scorch, Mr. T, London, Bluejay, Baltimore Jack, Caption Hook, Paparazzi, Garrett, Yukon Jack, Screamin’ Steve, the Garland 5, T-Bird, Bama, Miss Janet (most of whom were in the 2004 class with BroodX) Who the heck am I forgetting???
Approximate number of MSR shelters I saw: a gazillion.
Sleep over the weekend: About 14’ish hours if you combine Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.
Main staple of all attendees at Trail Days: Beer
What Time it is at Trail Days: Beer thirty PM, always.
What I Learned:
~ Road trips are fun, passenger is DJ, driver makes requests.
~ Gear testing, even when done unintentionally, is a good thing. Black Diamond headlamps can withstand sitting in a pool of water for hours on end and still work. So can TNF pants (are they dry yet, Brood?). Charcoal…not so much.
~ Which finger to use as leverage when opening a beer with a Bic.
~ Americans and Englishmen should not be in cars together for long periods of time.
~ Hikers are a talented bunch of people, funny, and very kind.
~ BroodX doesn’t like slugs. At all.
Trail magic can happen even in a crowded parking lot/campground (thanks
~ Beer is good when you drink it out of a Platypus or Nalgene. Water out of the same Nalgene on Monday morning? Not so much…
~ Don’t walk near Baltimore Jack in the Hiker Parade.
~ Barefoot after torrential rain = ouch on the rocks & mud in the toes.
~ Buy Croc’s. NOW.
~ Hikers sing…but not well.
~ Don’t sit on a microphone stand when hitchhiking.
~ If you don’t eat your pineapple burger, the limey bastard will take it.
~ Don’t pass out if your friends have a life size picture of your head…you will end up seeing in the morning all the things you missed the night before.
~ If you don’t like the weather, wait 15 minutes, it will change.
~ Reality sucks.
~ The people! They were amazing…all of them. Nothing dampens the spirits of these folks when they all come together to celebrate.
~ Watching the parade and experiencing the energy of everyone… they are all intoxicating. And they are ~ every single person is just as excited about your hike as you are. It’s a great feeling after dealing with day to day people that look at you like you have 6 heads when you tell them your plans.
Ahhhh Trail Days was a great time. I am so glad I decided to go. I wish I had bumped into the other forum members that were there…but I suspect they will be back in full force next year. MadAtlantic Crew ~ y’all better come on down!