Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #60 - May 29, 2003
Went to sleep pretty late last night - 2 AM or
so. Were up watching TV and drinking a few beers. Just trying to
soak up the most we could of the hotel before leaving, I guess.
Woke to rain in the morning, on & off. Ran
a few errands and checked out of the hotel at about 11:00. Had
to walk quite a ways just to get out of town. Besides that, we
had already walked probably a mile & a half out when when we
missed the road on the way in.
Eventually, we made it to the "new trail." Only
had about six or so miles then to the shelter. The weather held
out while we hiked, even though we heard thunder booming over the
hills behind us. Made it to Rice Field Shelter around 3:00. Early
to stop hiking, but, Good Lord, were our packs heavy! Somehow we
ended up with more than double the food we usually carry! We have
about 20 million PopTarts and Little Debbies. We also ended up
with a 2-foot long stick of pepperoni that we couldn't pass up
at the Magic Mart. We were just sick of being hungry and not being "allowed" to
eat enough, I guess.
Sounds like everything is OK at home. I talked
to my Mom this morning. Guess my Dad should be going home around
Sunday. I wish I could visit or something - hopefully, they'll
still be able to make it out sometime this summer - maybe July
I enjoy being out here on the Trail, but I am
really looking forward to going home, and to having a home. Maybe
it's being a Cancer, or some kind of nesting instinct, but I find
myself thinking all the time about when we get back: Where we'll
live, etc. When we're at a hotel with cable TV, I am constantly
watching all these Home & decorating shows, to the point that
Andy has about lost his mind over it. One time, he even had decorating
dreams, hee-hee, much to his DISpleasure! :)
Anyway, the grass is always greener. Now I think
about normal life, and in normal life, I want something different.
One of the mysteries of life, I suppose!
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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.