Today we hiked to Laurel Falls, it’s a place we go to pretty regularly but today we found two new short trails that came off of the main trail. We followed them down to the river and saw parts of the river we had never seen before. It was beautiful!
Aside from the new trail and sights we saw, when you go out hiking enough times you’re bound to have some crazy stories and meet interesting people. Well today, I met an interesting person on the trail and I’d like to share it.
On our decent to the waterfall we came across a hiker and his wolf dog. He had clearly been hiking the Appalachian Trail for a few days, the pack on his back was almost as big as he was. He called his dog to his side to keep her away from mine and immediately he starts telling me about wolf dogs. He told me about an organization that I think he called Wolf Dogs of Hell Town Buddhist-Jew. He told me about a few wolf dogs that he had in the past and about how his dog has bad allergies or mange.
The story gets weirder. He tells me that the feds are the ones that gave his dog the mange. He says, “They’ve been trying for a while now to get me off the trail. I’ve been hiking the Appalachian Trail since 2011 and the feds will try anything to get me off and now they’re attacking my dog.”
At this point I’m thinking he’s just a guy who believes in conspiracies and such, which is fine. But then he continues.
“I was in New York and there were dead animals everywhere and of course she (referring to his dog) rolls in them to get the scent. The feds planted them there. I know it. I used to live in DC and work for the government, my mom worked for the government, my dad…it’s the sad truth but there are people out there with an evil agenda. And if she’s got the mange and her fur is coming out it makes me look like a homeless man who doesn’t care about their dog. It gives me the wrong image and that’s just not true. It is what it is I guess. Anyway, they had tried to question me on a murder case a few years ago.”
At this point schizophrenia is starting to make it’s way into my mind. I get a little nervous hearing about the murder case. He keeps going though and after that it was really hard to follow him and understand him but what he said was along included: porn, selling to the adult industry. He was tempted but in the end it’s selling temptation and he couldn’t do it with a good conscience. Believe it or not I’ve been celibate for over five years now. This journey has been very spiritual for me..
That is pretty much how it went. Ha-ha. Interesting to say the least and whether or not he was a good person or not I don’t know. I tried not to judge him but I still felt uncomfortable and kept my knife out the rest of the hike. I honestly think he was harmless though. I do think something wasn’t right with him but if you’ve been in the woods for four years with just your dog I might go a little crazy too.
Most people you encounter hiking are just like you. They’re just out enjoying nature, getting some exercise, maybe they’re on a journey. I don’t know. I do my best to keep an open mind with everyone I meet. I’ve met very nice people and very weird, but still nice, people on the trail, it’s part of what makes hiking fun.
Anyway, today was fun and different. We had a nice time.
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