Trail Magic at Gooch Gap

Happy Hikers & Trail Magic at Gooch Gap

Happy Hikers & Trail Magic at Gooch Gap ~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Newbies hoping to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail always ask, "What's the weather like in Georgia in February?" Now we know. Snow, freezing lows, high winds, torrential rain and mud. What makes it all worthwhile? Trail Magic at Gooch Gap ... and all the way to Maine.

"They say" four out of five earnest hikers who hit the Trail will run out of money, motivation, gear, time or health before the end of the Trail.

On Saturday, February 20, 2016, 100% of all thru-hiker hopefuls got their first taste of Trail Magic at Gooch Gap, 17.2 miles from the portal to the Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain.

Trail Magic at Gooch Gap Inspired Hikers Like Red Fox ~ Photo by Robert Sutherland

Trail Magic at Gooch Gap inspired hikers like Red Fox ~ Photo by Robert Sutherland

Cold drinks, warm hot dogs, cool people and a hot fire awaited them. All for free -- courtesy of the combined kindness of Sharon "MamaGoose" Smith and Susan "Cashmere" Hornbuckle.

Trail Magic is easy to define. Just show up somewhere along the Appalachian Trail and share an unexpected gift or kindness to someone on the Trail.

Nothing heavy, please. No stuff that will draw bears or leave a mess. Snickers are always welcome. Tiny packets of hot sauce. Bic lighters. Napkins in a baggie. Salt/pepper packs. McFlurry spoons.

Anyone can give Trail Magic. Just offer a surprised hiker a random act of kindness ... before they fade away back onto the Trail.

You'll be amazed by the memories hikers give in return.

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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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