Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #35 - April 27, 2003
9:05 PM Had a good time in Hot Springs.
Ate at the Smoky Mtn Diner 4 times, went to the Pub twice, and
to the Outfitter store about a million times. Had some great free
food last night Kodiaks parents met them there and
had a feast for all the thru-hikers who wanted it. Spaghetti, salads,
lemonade, and sweets it was fabulous.
But, all good things must come to an end, and
we had to head out today. Sent more stuff home, weighed our packs
(Andys 44 lbs, Mine 37 lbs) and hit the trail
around 11:30. Kodiak, Sassy, Hepcat & some others were planning
on going only 5 miles and bringing hot dogs & other good food,
but we decided to skip it & go farther. We ate so much the
past couple days that we werent too interested. The first
few miles we both felt like we were going to chuck our big, greasy
breakfasts. Made it to a nice site, though, around 4 or so, near
the Rich Mtn Fire Tower. No one else came by, so they must all
be stuffing their faces with hot dogs a few miles back. I think
this is the first night weve been all alone.
Note: Hot Springs was pretty cool, but kind of
spendy for whatever reason. We stayed at the Alpine Court Motel & IT
SUCKED. $60/night and there was no phone in the room and only 3
TV stations what a crock. Cant remember if I already
mentioned it, but its worth repeating.
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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.