Overall, we had a great and rewarding time on the LT! We hiked over 100 miles in 10 days, which is amazing to me, but less than our goal of 150-175 … more on that later. We came home earlier than planned because there is only a road crossing every 25-30 miles and we didn’t know if we would make it to the next one by Tuesday, so we made a quick decision to arrange for our pickup earlier.
I plan to give a full report in time, but for now, we are taking 3-hour showers, doing 19 loads of laundry, watching football and trying to convince Mr. McKinley we are not bad parents for leaving him for 10 days.
And I will say, in response to Quick Question’s post, that before I got laid off, J & I were planning to take a cruise to Nova Scotia in September/October. That’s probably closer to the “vacation” everyone else would take. But, it would have cost us over $2K. We still wanted to take a “vacation,” so we got creative. This cost us a little over $250 with gas, food and lodging! Plus, we wanted to test our limits and prepare a little more for the 180-day backpacking trip we plan to take on the AT.