Dave met Linda , Gary and their daughter Kim at the Caladonia State Park in Fayetteville, PA. By the time PTD got there it was around 12:30. They had everything set up for their picnic.
They had 3 tables set up w/food. Everything you could want for a picnic. Gary had the grill all ready to go too. PTD indulged in hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, homemade red beet eggs, ice tea, fresh strawberries, ice cream, brownies, hot fudge, apples, bananas, fresh water...the list just goes on. What a terrific spread! Very sweet of them to do this. They did it up right. THANK YOU!!!
While eating they talked about everything. They even had clippings from the Currier(newspaper in northern NH) of PTD. They even asked him for his autograph. He was thrilled and signed it Ponytail Dave. They also had an article from their local paper on the new museum that just opened this past Saturday in Pine Grove Furnace. He will have to visit it tomorrow when he is in town.
After everyone cleaned up they all walked w/Dave on the AT for about 1/4 of a mile and then sent him on his way at the foot of the mountain.
PTD said that was a hard climb because he was so full.
Caladonia State Park is absolutely beautiful, huge pool, camping, bathrooms... So, if ever in the area stop in for the day.
Dave ran across many Mountain Laurel thickets in the afternoon that were in bloom. Very pretty.
23.2 miles today to Birch Run Shelter where he spent the night.