Ripping The Trail UP! Tired, Sore and Upset in Hot Springs

12 thoughts on “Ripping The Trail UP! Tired, Sore and Upset in Hot Springs”

  1. Keep your chin up Rebound. Maybe a day of rest is needed, just laying around. Listen to your body and take care of yourself. Feed your spirit, soul and body to be completely healthy. I will pray.

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  2. Not cool! It’s no one else’s place to decide when introverts must become extroverts.

    I can’t help wondering of the jerk who wanted you to mail his stuff might have erased you name from the breakfast list. It would be a horrible thing to do, but how else could it have happened? If you encounter any other signup boards, like this, I guess the thing to do it do is to take a picture of the list. Your camera will timestamp the image, so there will be no doubt that you signed up.

    I hope breakfast (and getting away from the inn) was refreshing and that you feel recharged for the day ahead.

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  3. I would have been bawling my head off too in that situation. It’s a horrid feeling being set apart either intentionally or unintentionally. I get so anxiety riddled with those kinds of party or dinner situations where I have to introduce myself and the like. It actually makes me sick to my stomach. I absolutely hate it.

    I second what Stephen Riggs said. Take a picture of the sign-up sheets and lists in the future as proof. It may seem like an odd thing to do; but, it also makes sense considering the circumstances. It does sound like someone could have wiped your name off the list. People can be mean like that. Also, that signup doesn’t sound legit considering it’s easily wiped. It should be a more physical list. So, taking a picture makes absolute sense!

    As for the dude who put you down and then expected you to do stuff for him, do NOT feel guilty. It is his responsibility and his alone. You are responsible only for yourself and keeping up with connections with Bud. Do not let the jerks of the world get you down.

    Hang in there. I’ll be thinking of you.

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  4. Wow, I would have been livid in this situation! I can see why tears would come easily and unexpectedly right now. Especially when you are feeling down already and then so many completely irritating things happen one after another. I’m so glad you could escape for breakfast. I imagine it felt like you had been banned from society in some ways, but, oh, the need for alone time when you are trying to process so much that has happened!

    Emotional upheaval can cause the physical side of things to be so much worse than they otherwise would be. Never you fear about expressing yourself freely in this blog. This is your time here, and we are here to pray for you and support you. I can certainly understand being driven to utter, blue-streak, cliff-edge frustration by having so much unpleasantness happen all at once. I hope that our support here can help the emotional side of things soften a bit so that you can find peace and health on your journey.

    Sending you hugs and prayers that you have a beautiful and peaceful afternoon and that you can return refreshed to the trail and ready to take it all on.

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  5. I agree with the others. Being sad and frustrated is completely understandable. Sorry to hear there are unpleasant people on the trail, I hope they are avoidable in the future. It sounds like there are plenty of wonderful people to enjoy. I pray sunny skies and warmer temps are in your immediate future.

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  6. I had to go back and read what happened after I saw your last post. Sorry this all went down, seems the next day was a bit brighter. Keep on truckin!

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  7. Rebound,
    I feel you. It sounds like a horrible experience. You were right to stand up to the rude hiker. I would have said no also. Especially after insulting you at dinner. I don’t blame you for wanting to get out of Elmer’s. I had a resupply box there in 2016 and didn’t get a good feeling of the place when I picked it up. Some bad rumors on trail about the owner.

    I had to cancel my hike. I would have only been 5 days behind you, but family comes first right now.

    Big hugs to you and just get away from toxic hikers and hostels. Hope you can find a hotel in Erwin for some r&r time.

    My heart goes out to you. I hate to tell you this but we just got 9″of snow over night. Seems like a really wet and cold spring on the trail. Be gentle with yourself.

    Thinking of you often and praying for your safety.

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  8. As I said in my email, this is not the first time he has done this exact same thing. There is no reason to be rude to someone. He is in the hospitality business. He could have set an extra plate for Pete’s sake. Any other hostel would have accomodated. He is a bully that wants to do it passively so he doesn’t appear to be in the wrong. I don’t care that he apologized. Again, this is normal behaviour for him. He needs to quit apologizing and change his behaviour. Maybe I should not be ranting on yoyr blog, but again, I’ve read where he has done this to others. Believe it or not, I’m using my “Minnesota Nice” right now and holding back on what I really think of him. As for Mr. “I’m to important to go to the PO”, grow up. Part of being on the trail is learning to take care of yourself. And if you’re going to hell, well I will save you a place because I can’t be very charitable to Elmer right now.

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