Ginseng became very popular amongst hikers. It could be used in medicine and drinks, however, helping yourself to whatever came your way was illegal. You couldn’t just pick the plant and turn it into a business, but the temptation was too strong.
In some places, one pound of natural wild ginseng could reach up to $600, and this was money Austin could definitely use. Who couldn’t? Soon enough, this ginseng was going to have such a significant part in this wild chapter of his life.
Taking It all the Way
Austin and his stepdad were no amateur hikers, and this was not the first time they went on a mountain adventure. The duo enjoyed hiking and did it whenever they could. They knew the forest like the back of their hand.
The wildness of the Smoky Mountains gave the two an adrenalin rush, and they were both looking forward to some quality time together in nature. There's nothing like it to form a bond between two humans.
They both knew that it was that time of year when they could find plenty of ginseng, and that was one of the reasons they decided to go on a wild adventure and come back home with incredible stories.
This magical plant has numerous health benefits so gathering some of it sounds great. Little did they know that the story they would eventually tell hadn't even started. The Great Smoky Mountains' national park was calling them.
One Down, Another to Go
They hiked the area, enjoyed the scenery, and then Austin's stepdad slipped. Many of the rocks were still damp from the morning dew, and he lost his balance and found himself on the ground. Such a fall can go either way — it can end in some dirt on one's pants or in a broken bone. Luckily, nothing broke.
Hubert, Austin's stepdad, had a pair of spectacles on, however, after falling, they weren't on his face, and he couldn't see them anywhere. He suddenly realized he had lost them.
It Was all Unclear
Hubert decided to retrace his steps. He had to find them. Everything was blurry without his lenses. Austin stayed put and searched for the spectacles around him. Without them, they could not continue their hiking trip.
The spectacles fell into the water of the nearby running stream. They both knew the woods and comprehended the fact that there was no way of completing the journey without Hubert's seeing aid. Taking a walk in the wilderness can be enough of a challenge for someone with a 20/20 vision.