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Appalachian Trail 2003 - Chelsea's Journals

Entry #80 - June 23, 2003

9:45 PM - Had a very restful sleep in our tent last night. First time out of the shelters in quite a while. Woke to another beautiful day, though it did get pretty hot. Glad for the trees & shade. Went a mile off the Trail into Linden for a mail drop. That was a HOT walk along the blacktop. Had a bunch of ice cream & pop @ the store to make up for it, though. Luckily, we also got a ride back to the Trail. Tonight we're at Manassas Gap Shelter, but tenting. Guess there are snakes in the shelter. Tons of other people showed up - Gray Squirrel, Just Bill, Sketch, Moo, U2 & a bunch more. Quite a change from last night when there were only 3 others.

Oh - I guess when Just Bill left this morning (early), he went down to get water @ the spring. Left his pack up on the Trail & when he came back there was a bear chowing down on his Snickers. Left him alone then, I guess.

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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.




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