Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #44 - May 8, 2003
8:10 PM - Escaped from town courtesy of Herb & his
big white Suburban and hit the trail around 9 AM. Started out feeling
like we had never hiked before, as usual - our packs had gained
a few pounds in town. Us too, probably. Day went pretty well, but
turned pretty long. Saw a couple of nice waterfalls, including
Jones Falls and Mountaineer Falls. Ran into a trail relocation
that added about 2 miles. Seemed like wed never make it to
the shelter, but eventually did around 5 PM. There are quite a
few here, most of whom we dont know. Our group of familiar
faces has scattered, but hope to meet back up with some people
@ Trail Days.
Had a good day in town yesterday, too. Had breakfast,
ice cream @ Sam Dees, immediately followed by McDonalds
cheeseburgers. Topped the night off with 2 medium pepperoni pizzas,
both of which were gone by morning. Back to Trail food today, and
missing the ice cream.
Hoping to get to Damascus on Monday (tomorrows
Thursday). Somehow, the weather today was beautiful. Hopefully
it holds out for the night.
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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.