Tarzan's father-in-law drove down from Michigan and will be hiking with us for a little while. He's got a great plan. If after 5 days he feels content or feels as though he can't go any further, that's when he'll stop. If he decides he wants to go for up to about 2 weeks with us, then he may do just that. Just gonna base it off how things go. I think that's a great plan! Today, he got a little intro to the AT. We went into town and got lunch with Seiko and Nacho while waiting. After waiting for our USPS food resupply packages to show up (which finally showed up around 1:30 or 2:00), we had a great trek next to a river, through some canyons, and to Laurel Falls. After that, it was some serious uphill combined with some afternoon heat. Hopefully Rod is still here in the morning when we wake up. Just kidding! It may have been a bit of a tough intro, but I'm sure he'll do just fine!
6 miles from Kinkora Hostel up to Pond Flat. Don't let the name fool you though. There's no pond, and it's not flat. We should be hitting some uphill and downhill tomorrow then be on a nice rolling ridge as we head toward Virginia.