Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #14 - April 4, 2003
Across the Mountains of the Ages my body leaves
But not until I hear that loon's song will my heart be home again...
2:30 PM - Stopped tonight @ Blue Mountain Shelter.
Actually, left Low Gap @ 8:00 AM and made it here around noon and
decided to stay. Most of the people we started with have pulled ahead.
Tomorrow we'll go on to Tray Mtn. I guess the Boy Scouts are fixing
meals for hikers all weekend. A couple of days from now we'll be
in Hiawassee, I suppose. 30 miles until we're out of Georgia.
4:30 PM - You'd think this trip would start to
make a person go crazy. Well it's only been 6 days, I guess, but
overall I feel saner and saner and saner every second. I have basically
spent the last 4 hours just sitting and watching and chatting a bit
here and there. Supposed to rain tonight - glad we are in the shelter.
It's a full house. Everything is very simple on the Trail. you wake,
you eat, you walk, you stop, you eat, you sleep. Over and over -
30 miles or so until we're out of Georgia. Oops - I said that already.
A note - I've decided to send pages back from my journal instead
of copying them or whatever. So...Ihave no idea what I've already
written about. Note #2 - I am basically only writing the events of
the day here. No time for building the suspense like Isle Royale.
And, unfortunately, by the time we're done I'll probably have forgotten
most of the stuff that has happened, so what you see is what you
7:20 PM - We had some awesome Trail Magic this
evening. A guy named Doug (3-Piece) hiked up from Unicoi Gap with
hot dogs, buns, pop and Little Debbies - It was a feast! The shelter
is packed, but we're having a good time. We blocked the wind with
a big tarp & we're toasty. Andy just got his Trail Name - Sven
Saw. Ha HA! Tomorrow it's on to Tray Mtn. (Arghh - we just found
our first mouse of the night and we're not even in our bags yet!
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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.