We took different routes there and back, and added a couple days on to our trip (okay, frequent flyer availability aided this decision) to allow for some exploration in the Appalachians. I was determined that Samuel would hike at least a portion of the Appalachian Trail. Start 'em young.
As it turns out, it's actually quite difficult to come up with a clear AT map on an iphone when cell service disappears. The only time I knew we were close to it was around Newfound Gap. We may have failed the hiking, but at least we enjoyed the view.
I've studied a bit of history and am pretty sure that at every point in time there have been good reasons NOT to trust the stranger. And yet, it's the very essence of what we are called to do. Love our neighbor; turn people from stranger to friend. It's hard to do, but the greatest call we have. You can't do one without the other. I am thankful for this 19th century reminder of the greatest command; love God, love people.
for by so doing some people have shown hospitality
to angels without knowing it.
- Hebrews 13:2