I Drove up to Damascus, Virginia on Friday, May 16th for ‘Trail Days’, the festival for Appalachian Trail Thru-hikers. I camped out at ‘Hoppy and Birdie’s’ place, behind their barn. I saw a lot of old friends that I haven’t seen for a while, which was real nice.
The first night, I decided to go into town and listen to the ‘Jones Boys’ jam at the gazebo. Rat was sitting in with the band, and they sounded really good. It was a bit chilly, but there was a pretty fair crowd anyway, considering, and everyone had a good time. Later on, I did a little bit of jamming around the campfire at Hoppy’s, but my fingers were too cold, despite all the anti-freeze I had consumed.
I stayed up long enough to watch the moon set behind the ridgeline. The temperature inside my tent went from darn near freezing to oven-like before I even realized it. I woke up smoldering hot. Somehow, I got a bit sunburned.
In the afternoon, instead of going to town and watching the parade, I decided to take a nap, watch the hawks fly overhead, and prepare for the evening’s festivities. I jammed on my guitar for a few folks around Rat’s camp, and Rat even sat in on a couple of songs. There were a few requests that are Trail Day’s traditionals, that had to be played, and I have written a few new songs since my last trip to Trail Day’s ( a few years ago) that I felt like playing, too.
I climbed into my tent at a somewhat reasonable hour, and woke up Sunday morning feeling rather refreshed. Birdie had cooked a huge plate full of Pillsbury rolls that were quite tasty. I said goodbye to several people, and went back to Johnson city, happy to have had the chance to see many of my trail friends, and even get a sip of ‘Paw-Paw’s’ ‘breakfast’.
There will be pictures of the event here on the site soon.