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Hiking the Appalachian Trail

On his quest to hike the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, Larry talked our son, Jason into spending a few days with him hiking through Tennessee. After a long day of hiking in inclimate weather, Jason and Larry reached the shelter one night and encountered what seemed to be inexperienced hikers. Their packs were too clean for the amount of days they claimed to have hiked and their entries into the shelter’s log book seemed to be in code. They chated with the newcomers, who claimed to have been on the trail for a month. The next day, Larry and Jason hiked into town. They weren’t surprised to see one of the hikers come out of a restaurant and dressed in a suit and looking well rested. Larry was intriqued. “How did you get here so quickly?” A bit unnerved, the gentleman claimed he had hiked all night to get to town. The Appalachian Trail offers beautiful views, well marked trails, but hiking at night is not the norm. There are bears, after all. After Larry and Jason came home and caught up on the news. They discovered a violent crime had occurred in one of the shelters. A crazy man had killed a young woman because he lusted after her backpack. Scary. Larry determined he and Jason had been interviewed to find out if they were suspects. They weren’t, of course, but Larry will forever tell the story of how he figured out the guest hikers had been undercover detectives.