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Appalachian Trail 2003 - Chelsea's Journals

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 from yesterday.

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.




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