Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #96 - July 17, 2003
9:40 PM - Pigged out on food this morning. Well,
had our trail food for breakfast (cereal). And after that went
down to buy groceries for our resupply. Had a pint of ice cream
and then went to the bakery for the $1.50 hot dog/apple pie special
(along with a free donut!) I was pretty stuffed. The church was
going to be doing dinner @ 6:00, but we figured we'd better head
out, so we left town around 2.
Stopped by the Delaware Gap National Rec. Area
Visitors Center on our way out, and then it was up the trail into
New Jersey. We followed a nice, graded path at first, but it wasn't
long before that disappeared and the rocks were back. The dreaded,
miserable rocks. I was not happy, since my feet were still aching
About 5 miles up was Sunfish Pond. Apparently
it's a glacial pond - a lake, really. It was pretty nice - they
call it one of the 7 natural wonders of New Jersey. From the looks
of it, we've got 10,000 of those natural wonders in Minnesota.
It was only 10 miles from town to our destination,
but it seemed to take forever. Finally we made it here, to the
Mohican Outdoor Center, where we're tenting with quite a few others.
There's a little store here and thankfully we made it in just before
they closed - in time for some cold pop.
Apparently there are tons of bears here in NJ
and others who were hiking today saw a few. Right now as we sit
here in the tent, I can hear some kind of loud growling or something
off in the woods. I'm hoping it is not a bear. It's been going
on for a while, so maybe it's a humongous bullfrog. OK, weird that
I can't tell the difference, but I'm just paranoid, I guess.
Oh, and I seem to have lost my extra pair of
underwear somewhere along the way today. Usually try to do "laundry" every
couple of days and hang them off my pack to dry. They must have
fallen off. Ahh, the life of a thru-hiker. Or, hiker trash as many
like to say!!!
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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.