Thursday, August 15, 2013
One of my favorite things to do when I stay in an AMC hut is to watch the families as they pass through. I have learned that one special gift that parents pass on to their children is a love for the mountains, for nature and for conservation. This family from Arlington, VA have been staying in huts for over 40 years. They now choose their destination based on where the youngest member has not hiked yet.
Other families are just starting their traditions, and find that the huts are perfect as a safe spot to stay-out of the rain and storm with 2 meals a day provided, and good advice on where to hike, weather conditions and first aid if needed.
We have met both grandmas and grampas with their grandkids hiking. Here's a grampa, John from Dalax, TX with his two grandsons Jonathan and Kevin from North Carolina. On the trail, they are known as "Old Man River", "Go Ahead", and "Rock Slider". They hike at least 10 miles a day. John is a section hiker, and would love to finish hiking the AT this way. His grandsons love the trail as much as he does.
We stayed at Carter Notch Hut, the oldest standing structure of the AMC NH Hut system. It was built in 1914, and has a capacity of 40 hikers. It is a small hut with lots of character!
We all became one great big happy family while watching for the Perseid Meteor Shower.
While our meteor shower viewing was not as spectacular as the one below, we had a great time sitting on the steps of our bunkrooms, and enjoyed each other's company.