We woke up in the giant king-sized bed at the Lodge.  We haven’t slept like that since we left home.  It was AMAZING!  

We were expecting Mama Jane to come get us from the Laughing Heart to take us to a cabin over near Asheville, so we packed up all of our packs, and started saying our farewells to our friends. 

Hydro, a fellow hiker, was doing work for stay at the hostel.  He did all of the laundry and was so nice to our kids.  He played cards with the kids for hours. 

Here are some pictures from our stay at the hostel.

Belle was given the ham bone that was left from the Easter lunch the hostel held for hikers. She was in heaven!

When Mama Jane arrived, she told us that we needed to go pick Dr. Bill up from the airport. She told us that his plane had been delayed.  So, off to the Asheville airport we went. 

When we arrived, I went in with Mama Jane, because I needed to use the bathroom. When I came out of the bathroom stall… my mom was standing there!!! Seriously, Mama Jane, had really done it!!! Surprise… I could not believe that my mom was standing there.
After picking up my mom, NOT DR. BILL, we headed to Asheville for some of our favorite pizza at Mellow Mushroom. 

We had a great time, and great food.  We ran a couple of errands, then headed off to the cabin.  Thankfully Ryan is a great driver!  The switch backs on our way up had us holding our breath and gripping the sides of the truck often. 

It was so relaxing!  BUT full of work too.  Zero days are never off days.  There is always so much to be done to get ready to go back to the trail… but amidst the work, we had moments to visit.  It was so nice to be off the trail, and with my mom, and Mama Jane.  

We got everything clean, got all the hairs braided… and watched a stunning sunset from the back porch.

On Friday, we woke up, ate breakfast, and lounged around for a little bit.  After lunch my mom, Ryan, and I, headed into Mars Hill to go to the grocery store, and to get Ryan’s hair cut. 

He is so handsome, and less hairy!!!  Taylor was devastated that his dad cut his hair.  All of the guys said that they were going to go the whole trail without cutting their hair!?!?!  

We went back to the cabin and made dinner, and spent the rest of the day resting!

We really needed this little respite.  Thank you so much Mama Jane for providing this special treat for all of us.  There are no words to express our gratitude!

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