Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #62 - May 31, 2003
9:05 PM - Woke this morning to thunderstorms
rolling through, so stayed in our sleeping bags late. Was 10:00
by the time we started hiking. Stopped at War Spur Station (8 miles)
for a long lunch break. Just when we got in, it started raining
again. Ended up staying an hour while the storm blew through.
Got going around 3:30 and right away had to cross
a stream - too big to walk through (unless you wanted to get wet).
The "bridge" was 3 logs laid over the creek. 3 soaked,
moldy, slick logs in a dark, dank riverbed. DoubleDare was with
us, too - we all took one look & said no way were we crossing
those logs. Searched for a while and couldn't even find a spot
to walk rocks across. Finally, Andy found a pretty narrow sport
where you could step down onto a big root, plant your hiking sticks
and hop across to some shallow rocks. He made it pretty easy. I
was hesitant, as I could hardly plant my sticks without them gettin
ghauled off in the current, but I actually managed it. Then it
was DoubleDare's turn. He didn't take a big enough step, slipped
and before we knew it, he was laying in the stream, pack and all,
with the water rushing over him! He whacked his knee pretty good,
but otherwise was OK. We couldn't help but laugh a bit, since it
was so comical - but only after we knew he was OK, haha! Is this
what it has come down to? Other people's misfortune bringing me
pleasure, heeHEE! :)
Rained on & off the rest of the hike. Made
it to Laurel Creek Shelter in time to get spots inside. NOT sure
why, but quite a few people had decided to tent instead!
Hoping for some SUN tomorrow, or at least no
rain. Maybe some big miles, too...?
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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.