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Appalachian Trail 2003 - Chelsea's Journals

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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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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