Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #75 - June 17, 2003
5:30 PM - Rain=Insane
Left in the rain this morning. Took our time & didn't
get going until around 9 or so - we had already decided we weren't
going to do the 21 miles. All we cared about was at least getting
to the store to get food. Sometime around 11 or 12 we reached the
trails to Loft Mtn Campground - the store - yippee!! But of course,
this Park is a pile of crap and when we got up there, it was closed.
A sign on the door said it was due to a power outage. That's it.
No one to be seen, everything shut down and locked. We stood in
the breezeway staring in the windows at all the food & supplies,
and touched (nay, carressed) the outside vending machines and pondered
whether anyone had ever died of hypothermia in June in SNP or if
we'd be the first. Took off after a half hour or so. There was
still hope - the wayside and restaurant a mile down the Trail.
Yes, we were foolish enough to take the side
trail downhill a half mile, only to find those closed also. Thank
you kindly, SNP, for being such inconsiderate buttholes that someone
couldn't have walked a hundred yards down to the Trail back at
the campground & put out a sign to let starving thru-hikers
know the stores were all closed. Very bitter today.
Walked 6 more miles to the Pinefield Hut where
we are now, with Green, Turtle & a couple older section hikers.
Still raining. Who knows what we'll do tomorrow. It's over 20,
or only 8. We have hardly any food since we were planning on this
stretch being full of it.
It's full of it all right!!
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include the Appalachian
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for each section, along with a series of trail maps. The
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and water. The Data Book has basic distance info for road
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