Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #58 - May 26, 2003
10:25 PM - Tonight we are cozy at the Woodshole
Hostel. Did about 20 miles today to get here. Was a pretty easy
hike, but towards the end of the day, we could really feel the
big miles catching up to us.
Woodshole is about a half mile off of the Trail.
It's owned by Tillie Woods, who's somewhere between 80 & 100
years old. She and her husband found the place in the 1940's while
he was studying elk in the area. It changed hands some through
the years, I think, and they bought it back maybe 20 years ago.
There is an old cabin and a separate bunkhouse for hikers. Tillie's
husband died in 1987, but she's been coming our in the summer since
and keeping the place for hikers. It's free, but she asks that
you pull a couple weeds or fix a stone in the perimeter wall. We'll
also get to have a big breakfast in the morning - she cooks for
the first 8 hikers to "reserve" it. Luckily, there are
only 6 of us here tonight (Us, MothMan, Woods, Iron Chef), so we
all get to eat tomorrow. The meal costs $3.50.
Once we get back on the Trail, we're only 10
miles from Pearisburg, so we're pretty excited to get into town,
shower, do laundry, eat, etc.
Note: Been seeing a neat thing on the Trail -
well, neat to me since I'd never seen it - mistletoe! It grows
in clumps and hangs from the trees here & there.
Also: One of the best things about Virginia -
there's a privy at most every shelter. I haven't dug a cathole
since Tennessee - Yippie! I guess I'll fall out of practice now,
Anyway, the breakfast bell rings at 7:30 AM!
First call 7:00! Better get to sleep...
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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.