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Monday, April 19, 2010

NOC, Gatlingburg, and the Great Smokey Mountains.

Islack, Boss, Duchess and Not Bad enjoying the old firetower with a beautiful sunset.
Sunset from the firetower in the Smokey Mountains.

Boss, Duchess, Tree and Not Bad enjoying the river and the sun at the NOC.

Picture of Duchess, Not Bad and Islack eating the BIGGEST burger in Gatlinburg.

Hello All!!
Today we are getting ready to take off from Hot Springs, NC and headed to Erwin, TN. This post is going to be short because we need to get hiking, but when we stop in Erwin we will give you a full update.
The pictures are taken with some friends that we have met along the way...lately, we have been hiking with the 2 guys in the top picture. The younger guy, Boss and the older guy Islack. As you guys may have known, real names are not to be used on the trail. Everyone goes by trail names out here and it's just part of the AT community. Malorie has received the name 'Not Bad' because while discussing what her name should be, we all realized that in all languages mal means bad...but I argued the fact that I wasn't bad and so it came to be; Not Bad. Jess, received the name Duchess because Angie ("Giggles") kept singing that song that goes:
"the Noble Duke of York
he had 10,000 men
he marched them up to the top of the hill
and he marched them down again"
because we would hike in a line and march up and down the moutains, with 'Duchess' at the front.
Trail names are just a little part of the AT that makes everyday special and meeting new people a little more exciting. We are having a great time out here and meeting great people. In just a few weeks our friend Spencer is going to come out and hike with us for a little bit. Along with him, he is going to bring out Malorie's dog Lucy Diamond to see what kind of trail legs she has. We will update more in detail in a week or so.
Lots of love
Not Bad & Duchess


  1. Sick shades! I think you should change your trail names to Maverick and Goose. Can I call Ice-man for when I come out for a bit?

  2. Duchess?!!
    Really?! What a first born's name that is! Can't wait to hear what Grace comes up with.
    "Not bad's" name is perfect too!! I might have to get my school kiddos to think of a trail name for me for when I come out :~)
    love & hugs to all who travel together...
    ma :~)

  3. PLEASE tell me Erwin Burrito is still open...

  4. Not Bad! Or Not "Evil," or Not "Sick" (other translations of Mal). Ever read Baudelaire's Fleurs du Mal? For years and years, the last letter fell off the sign in front of Kokomo Mall, and no one bothered to fix it ... I always figured if there was anyone in Kokomo who spoke French, they'd figure out that naming a shopping center "Kokomo Evil" or "Kokomo Sickness" or "Kokomo Bad" wasn't a good idea, but since no one spoke French ...

    Trail names are cool.

  5. P.S. -- Glad to know you haven't been eaten by bears. Post more often!