Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #83 - June 29, 2003
8:00 PM - Too much to catch up on here - I keep
getting distracted. Will write while waiting on supper (ham/Lipton's/Ramen) & on
through the evening.
Friday in Harper's Ferry was another busy day.
Had planned on staying another night, but the Comfort Inn was going
to charge an outrageous weekend rate - $100! Insane. We gorged
ourselves on their continental breakfast. At least it was a pretty
good one - cereal, bagels, toast, doughnuts, yogurt, juice, coffee
and we got to make our own waffles with batter & everything.
Packed up after that & headed up to the Hilltop
House Hotel. Hiked on the AT, so that we wouldn't miss a section
(.4 miles) by cutting through town. Had a "hiker room" waiting
for us at the historic old hotel overlooking the Potomac. It was
a lower rate-bare bones w/bathroom, A/C & phone but no TV.
Spent our day doing more chores. Caught the shuttle to take us
over to Charles Town, about 6 miles away. Went to Super Wal-Mart & got
a few supplies & groceries. Enjoyed shopping around, but all
the people were driving us nuts. When it came time to catch the
shuttle back, we waited but it never came. A couple other people
were waiting, too. After an hour or so, it finally showed up, only
to tell us he wasn't going to Harper's Ferry, but the opposite
direction! We ended up having to call a cab to bring us back.
That night we went on a "Ghost Tour of Harper's
Ferry. It was pretty cool. A lady, all dressed in 1800's-style
clothes brought us by all the old buildings & told stories
about the terrible & tragic events that had happened.
The next day, Saturday the 28th, we had planned
on leaving. I just didn't want to go. We hadn't even had a chance
to relax yet, it seemed. We decided to stay one more day. Ate at
the hotel - AYCE breakfast buffet - my favorite!
Andy had a gift for me, too (my birthday!). He
had made this neat little box from part of a cereal box and made
a bow from a Starburst package. Inside was a cool AT pin for my
small pin "collection."
Checked our email @ the library, went to the
post office, and picked up a couple more things @ 7-11, and our
chores were done! We were able to go down to the town and look
at the little shops like regular tourists. There was a jazz band
playing at the park, so Andy enjoyed listening to that. Back to
the hotel around 7 then to really relax.
So today we finally made it out of town after
some coffee and a box of doughnuts. Good thing because if we spent
any longer, we'd start getting fat, I think. It was even a productive
hiking day - 18 miles. We're now at Dahlgren Campground - a one
of a kind spot. It's free, and there's a building with flush toilets
and hot showers. Woohoooo! If only they were all like this.
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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.