Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #27 - April 18, 2003
Had a hard time getting to sleep last night.
Andy was hopped up on sugar from all the Peeps and I had an aching
stomach from the buffet.
Got up around 7 and headed out to the store & post
office around 9:30. Shank was down there waiting for his package
- hope it came, but I don't think it did, or he'd be here tonight.
Left Fontana Dam around 11:30. Had fun walking across the Dam and
then ran into a ridge runner taking a survey when we entered the
park. About a half hour in we ran into a big king snake - black
w/white belly. It was probably over a yard long. Really cool! Had
a pretty good hike in - the sky was overcast for much of the day,
so it wasn't OVERLY hot. We had a good surprise when we got to
Shuckstack Mtn - Jersey, Footslogger & Blaze (Jonathan) were
there breaking. Now we're all at the Mollie's Ridge Shelter along
w/Jane, Mello Yello & a few others. We're ready to roast some
marshmallows now that Jersey & Footslogger brought. (Arggh
- a mouse is running around here in the shelter. :P These Smoky
Mtn shelters have chain link fences across the front to protect
from bears - pretty dank & dingy!)
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Preparing to Hike
the Appalachian Trail?
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.