Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
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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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.