Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #73 - June 15, 2003
8:05 PM - Happy Father's Day again, Dad! Hope
it was a good, relaxing one! :D
Not sure where I left off - I think I mentioned
we stayed at the YMCA. The only disturbance we had there was when
I woke up at about 4 AM to hear a lady screaming out on the street
- a hundred or 2 yards away. She might have been running - the
sound moved away. I thought I heard her saying "Get away from
me!" and "Help me!" Andy woke up then, too. I sat
wondering what to do. In a strange town, no one around, with only
our tent to protect us. I felt like we should get out to help -
but what could we do? Just layed there and listened as it faded
away down the street. I hope everything was OK.
In the morning we were up early. Got some coffee
@ the gas station and then had some of our leftover breakfast food
instead of eating our somewhere. After that, it was on to the post
office to pick up our mail drop.
It was time then to take advantage of an offer
I'd had before we left to hike the AT. A guy I'd worked with in
my "normal" life lives in Ivy, VA, which is only a half-hour
or so from Waynesboro. He came and picked us up and we were fortunate
enough to be able to stay at his place. It was a great day - got
to clean up our stuff, do some maintenance, eat a lot, do a little
shopping and Andy got a haircut. He brought us back to the trail
this morning. We were only planning on 7 miles into Shenandoah
Nat'l Park, so we took our time @ Rockfish Gap before heading out.
Tonight we're at Calf Mtn Shelter with a few other hikers, and
a lot of section hikers. One is a whole family with kids & all
- one is 7, and they also have a 7 1/2 month old! They're doing
the whole park.
Tomorrow maybe 20+ miles. We hear the trail through
here is pretty easy & very well maintained. Should be interesting,
with all the tourists, stores & food and other hoopla. Expecting
we'll maybe see a bear finally. As long as it's not in the middle
of 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.