This Isn’t The Appalachian TrailMay 3, 2011
This happened to me when I went backpacking on the Appalachian Trail a few summers ago. We woke up early in the morning, got out of our tents, and there was dense mist all around us. About the time we had packed up the tents and started walking back to the main trail, we started hearing little kids laughing. I didn’t react for a while because I thought I was hearing things, and because no one else seemed to notice. This line of kids and one parent come out of nowhere, walking diagonal to the trail, and keep laughing in this creepy way. This was early, early in the morning, on a mountain, relatively far from other human beings. One of the kids asks us, “Where are you going?” and someone in our group responds, “We’re hiking on the Appalachian Trail.” The kid says, “This isn’t the Appalachian Trail!” and they start laughing again. They continued diagonal to the trail and disappeared into the mist again, but for the rest of the morning we could hear them laughing. It was pretty creepy.