So I may have mentioned going to a hiking presentation for the Benton MacKaye Trail yesterday (Sunday) at the REI location in Atlanta. I was so pumped for this class since I have not been able to attend any of the other sessions because of my work schedule. All the classes at the Buford location end up on Saturdays and I work those evenings. For once, I found a class at the REI location off Interstate 85 and I jumped at the chance to go. We get up early on Sunday, get the dogs ready to spend the day at home, and get on our way to the Atlantas.
It is always a wonderful feeling when I step into an REI store. I love seeing all the camping, hiking, and biking gear on display. It would be more enjoyable if I could afford most of the stuff. The other half as advised me that I have taken on the most pricey hobby there is. Well, I guess that’s true. Hiking, however, is a very calming hobby. I’ve been told by many that I should be more calm and not let as much get to me. That’s my goal… (sorry pantry door. I’ll replace you!) We walk around the store for a little and look at the different tents and hiking shoes. Then there’s the call for the 2pm class on the BMT. I scurry….yes, like a little raccoon….over to the door and join the waiting crowd. This guy comes over and the first words I hear are, “Yall come on in here and we’ll get everyone seated. I’ve got some bad news.” Damn it! Just what I didn’t want to hear. He said the guy who was supposed to be doing the presentation had scheduled his days wrong. O..M..G, people! Do you not call to confirm and make definite plans before the actual day? You should have been on the phone with this guy two days ago to remind him of his appointment.
Luckily, the day was not a total loss. There was a guy who was a member of the Atlanta Outdoor group and he talked about the history of the AT and BMT and the things you could expect to see on the trail. He spoke of the suspension bridge on Section 2 of the BMT and how cool it was to do some day hiking in that area. After he spoke, the group broke up and began to talk amongst themselves. I met a nice lesbian couple from Decatur…yes, Decatur…and we spoke for a while. Like my other half, hers went out into the store to wander around. I guess it’s true that the ones who run their mouths gather together while their partners go off and do their own thing. We chatted and chatted and chatted until we realized we needed to join the others in the store.
Hopefully, there will be another scheduled presentation that I can attend and learn what to expect on the Benton MacKaye Trail.