Day 34 – Kids These Days
Life must be rich and full of loving–it’s no good otherwise, no good at all, for anyone. – Jack Kerouac
After taking a shower we talked to Mitch, the campground owner. He seemed bemused yet amused by our walk. When we asked him what we owed him, he told us not to worry about it. We asked if he was sure, to which he responded, “Yeah, I own the place, it’s on me.” We thanked him and asked if we could get a picture with him. He declined and instead told us to take a picture of the campground. We promised him we would and would post it on our site. Here it is:
If you’re ever in the Zanesville area, check it out. He bought an old KOA and is doing a great job of restoring it.
On our way out, Larry pulled up one last time to say goodbye and wish us well.
As we passed through Zanesville, we stopped at a store to restock on some groceries. We met Jennifer, who offered to buy our groceries for us. We thanked her for her offer, but told her we would buy them. She told us about a “famous” Y-bridge we would be crossing. Apparently it’s the only one left in the world.
It was the hottest and sunniest day of our walk thus far. We stopped frequently to re-hydrate and cool off. A little bit after 6:00pm, we decided to knock on the door of a home to ask if we could setup our tent on their property for the night. Chad answered, who is a senior in high school. He said his parents weren’t home, but that if we could wait a few minutes, he would call them and ask. He came back out and said that his parents were on their way home and would like to meet us first. We understood and thanked him for all he had already done. Rather than leave us standing outside waiting, Chad kindly came out and talked to us about our trip and his life (school, prom, upcoming plans, etc.). It was such a nice and considerate thing to do so we wouldn’t feel so intrusive or awkward while waiting on his parents. We’re pretty confident neither of us were that considerate or polite when we were Chad’s age.
When Chad’s parents, Rosa and Robert, arrived, they got out of their truck with big smiles and greeted us warmly. We explained what we were doing and they were happy to let us camp in their side-yard.
They offered to give us a quick tour of the area, which included going by the Longaberger corporate office. It’s a seven story building that looks like a basket.
They explained that several years before, an entire group of people had stopped by that were walking across country. However, this group traveled with two buses filled with supplies, food, facilities, and included several non-walking support persons. Apparently we’re going about this walk all wrong.
Rosa and Robert were fun to talk to, often teasing each other, but clearly part of a happy and loving family. We felt honored to spend the evening with them as darkness enveloped the countryside.
Just as we were entering our tent, Chad came out and offered us a few bottles of water. He knew it had been hot and figured we could use a little extra hydration. Kids these days.