Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #69 - June 10, 2003
Happy Birthday, Sheryl! Hope it is (was) a good
Woke up at 7, ready for the breakfast. Went down
to where it all was and there were tons of hikers waiting - maybe
20 or more. Was awhile before evreything was ready, but after a
bit we had coffee, rolls, bread, jelly, eggs, pancakes, bacon & sausage.
Yum! So, we got going later than we should have.
A pretty normal day - nice & sunny again,
thank God. One strange thing did happen, though. About a mile before
the first shelter, I was following Andy with my head looking down
at the Trail. All of a sudden, right at my feet, I saw a raccoon
on the side of the Trail! I screamed, startled by the thing. I
backed away & yelled to Andy. He had already passed right by,
and not even noticed it! We stared at the thing as it just sat
on it haunches looking about. "It must be rabid!" I decided.
It sat & licked itself & chewed on its fur. I ended up
walking around that section, and warned Loser & Mothman who
had come up behind us. Once we were on our way again, I couldn't
help but keep an eye behind me, thinking the thing was going to
come chasing after me like Cujo.
After a break at the shelter, we had a long 3,000
foot climb. Decided to stop pretty early a field campsite - a 12
mile day. Tomorrow, 10 miles from here, there's a shuttle that
picks up hikers and brings them for a free lunch at the Dutch Haus
B & B. I love free food.
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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.