Hiking the Appalachian Trail for more than a week or so takes planning. The farther you expect to go, the more planning it takes. Wonder Woman couldn't carry enough food, water and gear to endure the entire trip without resupplying.
Who do you have on your resupply team? A few fortunate hikers have grandparents who will help. After all, grandparents have plenty of time and they're always offering to help hikerpeople get started Down the Right Path in life. Besides, grandparents are easy to scam. I know. I have six grandchildren.
Let's just say, for example, that you'd love to resupply somewhere around the Appalachian Trail Community of Waynesboro, Virginia or maybe in Swannanoa.
You can't just say to Gramps and Gramma,
"Hi. Do you think you'll be passing by the Appalachian Trail near Waynesboro or Swannanoa the morning of July 15th with 100 Snickers bars, bags of green tea, Band-Aids and a deck of carbon-fiber playing cards?"
You've got to give them a reason to be there. A good reason. One that makes more sense than, "If you are, I'll let you buy me breakfast ... and a few assorted items."
You need to tell them about Walton's Mountain Museum. Yup, from the TV show. It's about 45-minutes (by car) from Waynesboro, if your GPS is up-to-date; otherwise, you'll never find it.
Laugh, but Walton's Mountain Museum gets 90,000 visitors a YEAR from all 50 states and 20 foreign countries. Suzannah took me there. Yes, she scammed me into it, but I'm glad we went.
Maybe ask your grandparents to tell you all about the Walton's TV program. Or, better yet, go over and watch it with them. Bring up the topic of the museum. If they show any interest, whip out your tablet and give them a tour ... then exclaim in WONDER ... how close it is to where you will be on your Appalachian Trail hike!
Before you can say, "Jon Boy," your grandparents will (probably) offer to resupply you in Virginia -- no matter who you're hiking with (maybe).
Don't worry about the downside. Even if they make you go with them, you'll have a good time. You can see a replica of Jon Boy's room, the Walton's kitchen and the still that two little old ladies used to make moonshine. Really.
What have you got to lose? The museum is closed until March 1, 2014, so you have plenty of time to scheme your scam.
Do it right and you'll have more Snickers than you can carry and you'll make your grandparents happy that you're on the Right Path -- the Appalachian Trail.
Not heading out to the Trail any time soon? Take your grandparents to the Walton's Mountain Museum anyway. Even if they don't leave you their pristine '55 Chevy Nomad with 12,000 original miles.
You'll be saying "Goodnight, Jon Boy" for the rest of your life.
Tags: Attractions, Appalachian Trail, Hiking Gear, Appalachian Trail Community, News, and Robert Sutherland Travel Writer
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