Pix from Franklin's 2014 April Fool's Trail Days

Jon Odell (left) and Charly Lee at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Display at Franklin's 2014 April Fool's Trail Days ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

John Odell (left) and Charly Lee at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Display at Franklin's 2014 April Fool's Trail Days ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

I have good news and I have bad news about Franklin's 2014 April Fool's Trail Days.

First for the good news: For the past few years, Franklin, North Carolina, has had splendid weather for their annual April Fool's Trail Days Celebration that honors those who love and hike the Appalachian Trail.

Now for the bad news: The weather this year on Saturday, March 29th, pushed the festivities indoors.

Gone were the folks selling hula-hoops, hiking sticks, T-shirts and displaying hiking merchandise by Franklin's dandy gazebo.

Merchants were prepared for larger crowds. Brooke Smith was working at Anna Bedell's, an exceedingly interesting shop in downtown Franklin.

Brooke Smith, free oranges and Jacob Smith waiting for the festival crowds in front of Anna Bedell's. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Brooke Smith, free oranges and Jacob Smith waiting for the festival crowds in front of Anna Bedell's. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Brooke had a basket of free oranges on the park bench outside for Appalachian Trail hikers and passersby. Jacob Smith talked his mom into getting a picture of them together.

Surely next year there will be music playing, kids getting their faces painted and hundreds of folks milling around dozens of displays trying to inspire us to hike into the hills with their gear on our backs or feet.

The presentations weren't rained out at the town hall. In fact, most of them were packed with information and wisdom about how to tackle the Trail successfully.

Hiker dudes didn't have their spirits dampened. Two in particular decided to dress up for their sprint into town.

Rock Sloth & Day Tripper went formal -- with almost-new ties -- at Franklin's April Fool's Trail Days Festival. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Rock Sloth & Day Tripper went formal -- with almost-new ties -- at Franklin's April Fool's Trail Days Festival. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

They spiffed themselves up with free paisley ties from the local thrift shop and put on their best smiles for the hikerettes in town.

No doubt they delighted the ladies. None whatsoever. How do I know? I had a tie just like Rock Sloth's. Oh, yeah. Women go crazy for a sharp-dressed man.

You can check here to see how things turned out at the Sapphire Inn's Hiker Bash.

Some folks are so dependable, they're always around. We're thankful for all the Appalachian Trail Conservancy ATC) does to promote and protect the Trail. It's always good to see folks from the ATC passing out helpful Trail info.

The Nantahala Hiking Club at Franklin's April Fool's Trail Days in 2014. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Nantahala Hiking Club at Franklin's April Fool's Trail Days in 2014. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The volunteers with the Nantahala Hiking Club are just as faithful and informative.

More Appalachian Trail Festivals will be held in 2014. We'll see you there!

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