Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #77 - June 20, 2003
8:35 PM - Everyone had a couple beers last night
to celebrate our 900 miles. That meant everyone getting up all
night to pee. I was a bit alarmed when I got up, walked around
the side of the shelter and saw eyes staring back @ me from the
dark. Was just the deer that had been hanging around the shelter,
though, I guess.
Woke up to - you guessed it, rain. Headed out
around 9. I was hiking in front, Andy behind. Had my head down
to keep the rain out of my face, watching the slick trail. A few
miles had passed & I was trucking along. Not sure if I noticed
something from the corner of my eye or what, but all of a sudden
I looked up from the Trail. There was a bear maybe 10 feet in front
of me and it looked up @ the same time. We were both startled,
and surprised by the fact that we hadn't noticed each other sooner!
It took off into the woods. I turned around and Andy was nowhere
in sight, so then I took off, back to find him. Didn't want to
stand there waiting, in case there were cubs around or something.
Went by the spot then without any incident. It was a pretty cool
It was kind of funny, because when we left the
hut in the morning, we didn't think we'd see anything because of
the rain. But we ended up seeing the most deer of any day yet.
It seemed every time we looked in the woods or turned a corner,
we'd see something. Saw a few tiny little fawns with does, too.
Was a really cold day in the rain, so we stopped
@ the Lewis Mtn Wayside & Campstore. Had a cup of coffee and
ice cream (if that makes any sense).
Stopped @ the Rock Springs Hut - another short
day - less than 12 miles, but, who cares. This rain is just holding
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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.