Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #104 - July 30, 2003
9:30 PM - Another long day - We've been pushing
out the 18 miles. We had a lot of opportunities to break it up,
though. Passed the Dover Oak (Largest oak on the AT) right away.
After that we passed by the AT train station. A stop for the metro
into New York, etc, right on the trail. Stopped at a hot dog stand
next for an early lunch - well, a midmorning snack, I guess. Took
our real lunch break at a shelter & Andy washed his socks & put
on his new ones for the first time. Mine are pretty crusty, but
I figured I'd wait till town tomorrow when we do laundry.
In the afternoon, we took a .4-mile side trip
and saw our first covered bridge, called Bull's Bridge. Pretty
neat, but weird how boards bend even when walking across, and it
gets a lot of auto traffic, too. Also stopped at the market & had
our first ever Ben & Jerry's pint of ice cream. Me, Cherry
Garcia - Andy, Chunky Monkey. Very Good!
From there it was up another mountain and we
arrived at the Schaghticoke Mountain campsite a little after 8:00.
We're only 3 miles from Kent, CT already. New England - Finally!!!
The funniest thing I saw on the trail today was
a crayfish! How funny!! I was trucking along in a grassy spot when
all of a sudden this little thing reared up in front of me!! Andy
started poking at it (well, near it) with his stick, and it was
about to fight, looking all fierce and snapping his claws. I noticed
then there was a little stream 10 feet or so through the grass,
along the trail. Hope he wised up & took cover after we left...
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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.