Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #85 - July 3, 2003
Forgot to mention we started finding ripe blueberries
yesterday. Not sure if there had been more before this & we
just didn't notice or what. Picked a bunch & had them in our
cereal this morning.
Had a hard time sleeping in the shelter last
night for whatever reason. Maybe too much sugar before bed. Got
a late start again & headed for Pine Grove Furnace State Park.
Picked some more blueberries along the way. Arrived around 12:30
@ the general store. I can't say we failed @ the ½ gallon
challenge, since we didn't even attempt it. Each had a pint, which
was good enough for us. Had hot dogs, fries & pop, too. I had
cherries jubilee ice cream with pieces of a Hershey bar crumbled
on it. Hung out for a while @ the store with Loser & then moved
on to make some phone calls. Did another 7 or so miles to James
Fry Shelter - we're sleeping in again, since it's pretty new & nice.
Would be fun to be home now, as all the 4th of
July festivities are beginning, I'm sure. Going to go into Boiling
Springs, PA tomorrow. Hopefully there will be something going on.
If not, we'll at least be able to get some beer (I hope), and maybe
have a BBQ or something.
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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.