Harpers Ferry, WV, April 26 – 28, 2019 — The fifth annual Flip Flop Festival this weekend was fun and helped send off a new class of hopeful thru hikers on their 2,200 mile odyssey.
Some hikers jumped on the trail on a drizzly Sunday morning. Others departed earlier, while others chose to wait until Monday for better weather.
The festival features a kick off party at the Barn in Harpers Ferry Friday evening with educational seminars and vendors punctuating the activities Saturday and Sunday. That was a bottomless box of nachos on the lower right weighed as much as a black hole and took a lot of digging to empty it out.
The well-attended seminars included tips for beginners, trail health, hiker hacks, navigation and survival, trail craft, forest bathing and food dehydration. For one, I would rather hikers actually bathe than rely on the breeze through the trees carry away their scent. The ridgerunners were on hand to do pack shakedowns with the idea of helping hikers rid themselves of superfluous kit and the unnecessary weight. Folks this year came well-prepared.
The Methodist church hosts a pancake breakfast. By the time this was taken, the vast majority of the hikers had filled their tanks and moved on.
Posing with James Smyle who is the esteemed organizer of this mighty event.
Mugging with my friends in 16-year-old mode.
Posing again in adult mode. See you next year.