Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #26 - April 17, 2003
8:45 PM Our packages were here today! We
were surprised and glad! Other people kept saying the mail
runs slow around here, so we thought we might be waiting awhile.
Shankadelic has been here since Tuesday (Todays Thursday) waiting.
Last night was pretty fun. T-Bird had a package of Peeps. Rocky had
never heard of them, so everyone started calling him Peeps, much
to his displeasure. Eventually it became Smokey Peeps. We all thought
it was quite hilarious.
This morning Andy, Julie and I went up to catch
the shuttle into the Village. Shank told us it should be by around
9:00, but we werent sure if we could rely on his info. We were
up there waiting and for some reason Julie started taking everything
out of her pack, looking for something, when I saw a van drive by,
toward the Dam. I figured it might be the shuttle, so Andy and I
headed toward the road so if it was, itd see us on the way
back. Well, it was the shuttle he slowed down to pick us up,
and Julie was standing there with her pack exploded all over the
sidewalk! The driver waited, but GOD did I laugh the whole time.
So, we got a ride in. Got a room at the Registration
Center and checked email - $0.20/minute internet service! Went up
to the room (Fontana Inn) and then went down to the Outfitter and
then to do some laundry. Julie was down there, so we stayed outside
on the porch and waited for our clothes to be done. We got our packages what
a treat! Cards for Andys B-Day, food & goodies, and guess
what more PEEPS! What a riot. As the afternoon wore on, more
people showed up to enjoy the marshmallow goodness.
Eventually walked back up to the Inn in the rain
to organize our food & get ready for the dinner buffet.
The creepiest moment of the day? Opening the room
door to go to dinner and finding a baby brown snake coiled just outside.
Im hoping it didnt crawl out of our stuff. Im hoping
there isnt a nest somewhere near. Im hoping its
not a baby rattler with a big mama close by!
On to the Great Smoky Mountains tomorrow!
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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.