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The Trail Days Festival, Damascus, Virginia
"All by yourself?" I repeated, incredulously.
"Yup," she calmly responded. "A lot of people do it. Although, there will probably be times when I won't see a soul for days."
Well, she did manage to do the whole thing, and ended up meeting the man she eventually married on the trip, to boot. So when I read this article in the New York Times about the Trail Days Festival in Damascas, Virginia, I couldn't help but wonder if she met her husband here, in what's touted as "the friendliest town on the Appalachian Trail."
The festival, it turns out, occurs on May 19th - 21st, and has become "the largest single gathering of hikers anywhere." Last year, an estimated 20,000 to 25,000 showed up to what has become "a backpacker's Mardi Gras," and a reunion for anyone who has ever trekked the long Trail.
Sound like a lot of fun. Of course, it's unlikely that I'll ever hike that trail. Have any of you done it? Did you make it to the festival?