Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #83 - July 1, 2003
9:20 PM - Started raining around 10 or 11 last
night. But we were all packed up & in our tent drifting off
to sleep, so who cared! It was thundering & lightning for a
while, though, so I didn't like that at all. Couldn't fall asleep
till it stopped - around midnight, I suppose.
Got going fairly late this morning - around 8.
Seem to be having trouble waking up early lately, which is unfortunate
since the days are hot and we should be hiking in the morning more
when it's cooler.
Got to Pen Mar Park around 10:30, I suppose.
Walked through to hit the road to get into Cascade to the post
office about a mile & a half away. Were just down the road & starting
to wonder if we were going the right way when a car stopped on
the road by us. It was an old lady in an 80's VW hatchback. She
was wondering where we were going, and when we told her, she told
us to get in, since she was going that way anyway! How cool - we
were very excited. At the post office, we got our maildrop with
all kinds of extra goodies - Thanks, Sheryl! Also got an additional
b-day box from mom & dad with all kinds of good stuff! It was
fun, but we were in a huge rush because we didn't want to hold
up the lady. Just took it all to organize later. After that, she
took us to the grocery store to pick up a few things, and then
back to Pen Mar Park. Now that was Trail Magic!
Had fun at the Park taking our time & organizing & eating.
Had way too much sugar, though. Let's see - we each had 2 cupcakes,
wafer cookies, banana, orange, pop, chips and probably more. Good
thing the Trail was pretty easy going after that.
In 0.2 miles we were in Pennsylvania. Kind of
exciting, to go through the states faster now. Were in Virginia
for probably a month & a half. Tenting yet again at the Tumbling
Run Shelter. Glad to have good weather. Andy's out by the fire.
I'm feeling pretty tired this evening. Had another bad fall today.
This time I didn't go straight down on my face, but tripped, stumbled
for probably 15 feet, but couldn't get my balance back because
of my heavy pack. Down I went, face first again, but lucky to only
hit my leg pretty good. Feet are just hurting way too much these
days. Maybe time to start looking for new shoes & some cushy
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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.