Trail Days

Feels like I'm finally getting somewhere. Virginia is not just a short walk around the corner, let me tell you. The reward for walking 470 miles: Trail Days.  

Trail Days is a festival held in Damascus, Virginia, every year around this time. It at least quintuples the popuation of the town. It's not often you get to be part of a festival in your honor. There was free food, showers, gear giveaways, hiker parades, talent shows, music, a prom, and all around good times. 

Damascus is known as the friendliest hiker town, and it did not disappoint. So many happy faces and good people. It was great to see hikers that I had not seen in weeks who all made it to Damascus for the festival. 

Now we all head back to the trail where we came from, but not before we had a time at Trail Days. So many cool things this weekend. Tent City, fire dancing, drum circles, and giant fires. 

Favorite part of the festival: all the shaved ice that I had. I did not exactly budget for spending $20 on shaved ice, but it was totally worth it. 

It's getting about that time to head back out. Here are a few pictures, and I'll update again soon. 

 Hiker parade

Hiker parade

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 Gene Espy - the 2nd person to thru hike the AT

Gene Espy - the 2nd person to thru hike the AT

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 Dog hikers welcome too

Dog hikers welcome too