For those of you who are through hikers and even some that are section hikers, you may have came across something called Trail Magic. What this is, is where people leave snacks out along the AT (Appalachian Trail) for hikers to find. Most every hiker that comes across these are very thankful that they have been placed in such areas where they are tired and hungry and need a break. We decided that we would put one out in an area of the AT where we had not seen any videos on or came across any on our own hikes through that area. We left it for a week, and were unsure of the number that might find it or what might happen, so we didn’t know what to expect when we went to check on it. Most north bound hikers (GA to Maine, also called NOBOs), had came through already, but we thought some section hikers and south bounders (Maine to GA, also called SOBOs) might come through still. When we checked it out, we were very pleasantly surprised. We had left a log book for people to sign, and the response was wonderful. The pudding snacks and bottled waters were a big hit. We even had a comment from some biologists who were in the area about how wonderful it was that we had placed the “magic” box there. We had to run to town to get a few more items (especially the bottled water) so we could restock our box. It feels good to know that we did something good for tired hungry hikers and that it was appreciated. We will remove the box when we go south for the winter, but we place it back in the spring when most of the NOBOs will be going through. We may have to restock in more than once a week when the bulk of them are going through the area, but from the responses we got, it will be worth it. We left some of our stickers and business cards in the box also, so we may end up with some new fans to our site. We are so happy it has worked out and that we are able to help bring a smile to those tired AT hikers!
(small footnote: Samsquinch has since changed his trail name to Phantom 309, our box will reflect this change when we gather it this fall and redistribute it in the spring)