Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #93 - July 14, 2003
9:15 PM - Had a good night's sleep last night.
I was in the tent ASAP to escape the bugs. Fell asleep before 9.
That was good, because I woke up at 5:30 and we were able to escape
Bake Oven Knob Shelter before 7. Maybe our earliest start yet.
Another rocky day to begin with. After the rocks,
we entered the Palmerton SuperFund Site Area. Walked a ridge full
of dead trees & not much cover - due to zinc smelting that
was shut down probably 20 years ago. Though it's growing up, the
destruction is obvious and a lot of it still needs to be revegetated.
Along this ridge were tons of blueberries - more
than I've ever seen! Unfortunately we didn't have any as we were
thinking of all the heavy metal contamination warnings. There was
even a sign saying that the section of the trail should not be
used by children on a daily basis. Also saw a covey of (baby?)
When we got down into Lehigh Gap, we caught a
ride into Palmerton. The Bourough Hall lets hikers stay in the
basement for free & use the shower, too. At night now we pretty
much have the run of the place, since it's all locked up to outsiders.
The town is cool - everything is close by - the
library, grocery store, restaurants. Had some great ice cream across
the street for dessert tonight. Andy has been very hungry lately.
Me not as much, but I'll still eat as much of anything & everything
I can, of course.
Found another tiny tick on me while I was at
the library, of all places. Had some itchy bites near where I found
it, too, so, I'm hoping it's not serious!
Tomorrow we have a hideous climb up a barren
rocky wasteland, it seems. Also, there's no water for 16 miles.
Oh, the joy!
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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.