Pix from Franklin, NC's April Fool's Trail Days

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Franklin, NC is an Appalachian Trail Community. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The weather on Saturday, March 30, 2013, was nearly perfect in and around Franklin, NC.

Perfect for going outdoors for a hike, motorcycle ride or to attend the April Fool's Trail Days Festival honoring the Appalachian Trail (AT) ... or any combination thereof.

Winter was almost forgotten -- by most of us.

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Cody Umphress (left), Jeff "Clown Car" Harper (center) and Gary Erwin (right), members of Warrior Hike. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Warrior Hikers who plodded and camped in heavy snow on their way to Franklin had a harder time forgetting the cold ... but the music, food and friendly folks warmed their hearts.

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Warrior Hikers Dick "The Patriot" Erwin (left) and Stephanie Cutts (right). ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

All but one of the men and women selected to take part

in Walk Off the War were there.

One Warrior Hiker got off to a late start, but is making good time to join the happy crew.

We say it all the time, but it's always true. The town was bubbling over with great toe-tapping music, friendly vendors, helpful and knowledgeable authorities, and delicious food.

When festivals flow so effortlessly, it's easy to presume the planning was a piece of cake.

Sounds simple.

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Ranger Christine Hoyer's favorite question from a tourist? "At what elevation do deer change into elk?" ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Like folks who've been married forever who say the key is "just be nice to each other and never go to bed angry."

Kudos to the entire crew for a remarkably comfortable, friendly time.

We hope to see you next year at April Fool's Trail Days.

Click Here for Warrior Hike's Website

Click Here for the April Fool's Trail Days Festival

Click Here for the Hiker Bash Website

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Spring sprang just in time for April Fool's Trail Days. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

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Franklin, NC is a delightful place and is famous for being "hiker friendly." ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

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Master dulcimer player John Hawk makes his instrument sing. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

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Mary DeHart Bennett of "Macon Faces Face Painting" thrilled kids with free face painting. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

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Kathy Myers regaled the crowd with her impeccable historical outfit. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

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Ranger Christine Hoyer (right) and her mother, Bernadette Hoyer, made their mark, but left no trace at Franklin's April Fool's Trail Days. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

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Our friends from the Wilderness Society. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

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Warrior Hikers Dick "The Patriot" Erwin (left) and Stephanie Cutts (right). ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

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Ashley & Asher (right) with the glorious creations from Sacred Wilderness Batiks in Hayesville, NC. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

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Ronnie Haven has kids! Here's living proof: Cody (left) and Ryan (right). ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

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The band that doesn't play "Rocky Top." ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

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The Batemans can tell you all about the Smokies. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

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Two of the happy, happy, happy vendors at Trail Days in Franklin. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

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Last but not least ... Sharon Van Horn represented the Nantahala Hiking Club. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland


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About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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