Trail Days is an annual event in this wee town of Damascus with 1000 residents. It swells to 10000 this week of May each year as thru hikers -past and present – descend upon it to celebrate.
This year’s thru hikers have been strategizing for weeks how to complete the miles to Damascus so that they could hike in. Many however fell short of these ambitious high-mile day plans and hitchhiked in as we did (we made no such crazy plan. Lol).
The earlier starters and faster hikers hitched back to get here and we hitched forward 21.5 miles. On Monday we plan to slack pack (hike with only what we need for the day) back into Damascus and stay in the room we have been renting (and where the rest of our stuff will be sitting) for one more night. 21.5 feels ambitious even with light packs but we’re feeling brave. Will let you know how that goes.
But for now back to Trail Days. It has all the makings of any good festival with food, drinks, kiddie rides and vendors but in addition to this it has a hiker talent show, cloggers, country bands, medical clinics -especially the all important foot doctor! -, and the annual Hiker Parade.
We got to town just as the parade started – and then stopped – when the terrible accident occurred that many of you are now aware of when an elderly man driving his car in the parade lost control of the vehicle and hit the crowd of hikers ahead of him. It appears that he may have had a stroke or something like that.
Blessings and hats off to the quick actions of other hikers and local folks that lifted the car off one hiker named Rainbow Bright and to all the emergency workers who cared for, drove, and air evacuated those injured to the hospitals.
So our year to celebrate this light hearted event has been dampened by our concern for those who are hurt and all the friends and loved ones. But it was very good to worship this morning and to be able to pray in a community of faithful folks and to celebrate Pentecost, knowing that many of you were able to do the same.
Well the laundry is done, the rain has paused, I’ve waxed too long on this post so it is time to close. Blessings all, Dragonfly