Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #99 - July 24, 2003
9:25 PM - It's been forever since I wrote, and
I don't think I have the energy to go over every detail.
We did end up getting up for the sunrise Sunday
morning. It was beautiful. Left camp @ 7:00 AM & headed to
High Point State Park In NJ. Got the runaround there. First missed
the side trail to the monument so we had to backtrack. Got up there
and found no food like we'd hoped - only a pop machine. Decided
to go down to the beach area & to the concession stand there & found
it hadn't opened yet. Left at 11, after wasting a couple of hours
for no good reason. Hiked on & stopped by the "Secret
Shelter." It's a neat little shed on a guy's property for
thru-hikers. There's a tub to wash clothes, a dryer and a hot shower.
All for free. We took advantage but then went on to Unionville.
Stopped in at the local bar for pizza & ended up spending the
rest of the evening there with Indiana Slim, Trpopo & Trevor.
Had a good time & drank our fill of beer. Slept in the gazebo
@ the little park (after getting permission or whatever). It was
the next day that was really fun -but, too tired for now & want
to join the snorers, so more tomorrow.
As for today, a pretty uneventful hike. Some
nice views and a homemade ice cream stand. Yum! Tenting @ Wildcat
Shelter with a zillion others.
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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.