Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #37 - April 29, 2003
I started out the day down in the dumps again.
Maybe I was thinking too much starting to feel overwhelmed.
Its been 31 days already, but thats only about 1/6th
of the time that well be spending out here. I cant
let myself sit and think about home, and all the comforts and all
of the things well be missing this summer its
We passed some interesting areas early in the
day. There was a cool area called Big Rocks that had some views
and rocky parts. After that was a long bald area, like a field
atop a mountain. It seemed there could have been a village there
Passed the Sheldon Graves Union Soldiers
from NC ambushed & killed by Confederates in the Civil War.
I am surprised by how many graves we pass on the trail. Some are
memorials, but many are actual burial sites.
The day started getting better somewhere around
6 or 7 miles. Then, as luck would have it, Heathers mom Wendy
was down @ Devils Fork Gap w/her van. YIPPEE! Pop, candy & some
cookies. It was a great treat. After that it was up, up, up a mountain.
Passed a lot of old-feeling areas. Fences, fallen buildings and
junkpiles of decades past.
Finally made it to Hogback Ridge Shelter & set
up the tent. The weather should hold out again tonight. Guess who
rolled in later Radar, Hepcat, Kodiak & Sassy. They
ended up spending another night in Hot Springs instead of leaving
when we did! Tomorrow we hear theres more Trail Magic. Just
the thing to keep us going, mentally AND physically! I hope its
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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.