Appalachian Trail 2003 - Chelsea's Journals
Entry #97 - July 18, 2003
7:20 PM - Passed some
nice scenery here in NJ today. Some of the areas even reminded
me of our last trip to Isle Royale. Rock ridges with moss & pines & tons
of blueberries. Only did 14 miles today, to the Brink Road Shelter.
There's supposed to be high bear activity here, same as all the
NJ shelters. There are big metal bear boxes to keep our food in
which is a good idea. It'd be cool if they had them along the whole
trail, I think.
It rained a bit off and on through the day, but
nothing more than sprinkles, really. Just after we went down to
get water from the spring and then came up to make dinner, the
thunder started. Began raining more & more as we ate, and then the
lighting started. I don't think it's ground to cloud or whatever,
but I started freaking, because I hate lighting. I jump & shudder
at every flash. Couldn't handle it anymore, so I am in the tent
now. Andy was nice enough to bring the food down and clean up.
The sky's still flashing through the tent walls. Don't think
it will storm too bad though as the sky's not too dark. Just
a passing summer rumbler - I hope.
Exciting news, though. My mom & dad
are out east at this very moment. Should be at my dad's aunt's
in MD tonight! I think the plan is to meet up with them on Tuesday.
We're going to have a great time, I'm sure. Might even take a drive
to where we used to live in NY - Westbrookville, near Middletown.
though it's Friday already, Tuesday seems like forever away.
We are filthy - haven't done laundry since Pine Grove, and we are
coated with sweat and DEET. The mosquitos here are UNBEARABLE
without the DEET. As soon as we got to our tent site here, we could
hear the swarms buzzing. Had to whip our packs off right away and
get the bug spray out. The bugs were coating our arms and legs.
Oh, When Andy went down to bring the food just
now, a guy said he saw a bear & 3 cubs right at the top of
the hill! I hope they stay away...
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