Only VIPs get to walk the red carpet…

While hiking the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park, we spent days shuffling our way through a thick carpet of leaves covering the trail—shhish, shoosh, crinkle, crackle. It was not a quiet hike! Most of the blanket was made up of brown oak leaves or a variety of golden leaves. We joked about someday being important enough to walk a red carpet… a carpet of leaves

And then we found a section of trail surrounded by maple trees. Woohoo! Does walking this red carpet prove that we are VIPs? the red carpet

We are certainly Very Important People to our friends and family. And it could be argued that we are Very Interesting (back)Packers. Just for curiosity I did an internet search for alternate meanings of VIP. Some of these definitions also apply to us:

  • Value in Partnership – we are in agreement that it was much better to hike with two of us rather than alone.
  • Ventures in Peace – we both found a new level of peace and contentment while spending our days and nights outside in nature.
  • Versatile Individual Program – this is the only way to succeed at a long-distance backpacking trip. A common saying along the AT is “Hike your own hike!”
  • Very Into Pizza – true confession time: after days of trail food, hikers crave a big hot pizza loaded with meat and dripping cheese. A burger and fries runs a close second.
  • Very Important Princess – haha! We joke that I’m the Queen and daughter is the Princess.

Under any of these definitions, we certainly deserved to walk the red carpet. And yes, we did feel extra special while doing so! walking the red carpet

(Note: we finished this year’s hiking adventure on Oct 21. We continue to have posts and photos to share with you for a few more weeks.)