Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #23 - April 14, 2003
When Wee Willy and Pirate showed up @ the Wesser
Bald Shelter last night, I was about ready to go and set up our tent
rather than spend the night with those smelly longbeards. But, they
turned out to be pretty nice guys, if a bit odd. Wee Willy is going
to (or is) write a book that takes place before the big flood (Noah)
and the story is full of dinosaurs, trolls & goblins. He says
if he writes down your trail name, hes likely to use it in
his book as the name of a troll or goblin or whatever. O
Pirate was funny, but he didnt say much. Just little jokes & remarks
through teeth clenched around his pipe. Very Pirate-like, ha ha!
The funniest (or should I say most disturbing) thing was waking up
in the morning and seeing Wee Willys huge bowie knife set out
right next to the head of his sleeping bag. Andy sure had a start
rolling over and seeing that thing glowing next to him in the night!
This after listening to his stories about Vietnam, etc. Well, we
made it out alive and got going around 8 AM and trekked down to the
NOC. Its a pretty cool place on the Nantahala River where they
have whitewater rafting, restaurants, cabins, an outdoor store, etc.
We got some supplies & had lunch @ the Rivers End Restaurant.
Jersey ended up staying @ the bunkhouse tonight, I guess. I think
hes about the only person we know that were ahead of.
We were hoping to catch up to some people, like Semi & Hepcat,
but not sure if well be able to. Tonight were camped
at a spot just short of Grassy Gap, about 3 miles past NOC. There
is a huge rock pile/cave up the hill from the site, and were
hoping no bears or wild boars live up there. Julie from MI just showed
up, too we havent seen her since Blue Mtn Shelter.
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Preparing to Hike the
Commonly used guides by A.T. thru-hikers
include the Appalachian
Trail Guides (published by the Appalachian Trail
Conference), the Appalachian
Trail Thru-Hiker's Companion, and the Appalachian
Trail Data Book. The guide series includes a guide
for each section, along with a series of trail maps. The
Thru-Hiker's Companion has helpful info on towns, shelters,
and water. The Data Book has basic distance info for road
crossings, shelters, and other features. All are excellent
tools for use during a long distance hike.