Facing three years of life locked within a the sterile environment of the Mars spacecraft, the gang set out into the natural realm of the Great Smokies. The kids, in particular, were more used to indoor activities than they were to being outdoors, and probably found this more alien than what they’ll encounter in space.

Despite the title of this posting they didn’t actually go on the Appalachian Trail. Instead, a place called Cade’s Cove has a paved trail that is closed to motor vehicles two days a week. On those days Luis was able use his wheelchair to lead everybody.
BTW, the intention was for the group to leave their phones and devices off for the whole trip. That didn’t last beyond the second day.

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