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Appalachian Trail 2003 - Chelsea's Journals

Entry #86 - July 4, 2003

11:00 PM - Hightailed it to get into Boiling Springs for the 4th & found...NOTHING! There's a campsite across a beanfield for us with...ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! A picnic table or grill would be nice.

Went into town at least expecting to go to the tavern. Stopped at the pool first and took showers for $1.00 each. Then headed uptown and found the Tavern was closed for the 4th. There was absolutely nothing going on, which we could hardly believe since the 4th is practically the biggest holiday on the Iron Range. Finally found a restaurant that was open & we ate. After that went to the gas station for a couple of supplies. Between the restaurant & the gas station, we learned there was no place to even buy beer in this Godforsaken town. Decided to try & hitch a ride to the next town, Carlisle. We got lucky & were picked up by a nice guy who brought us to the "Distributor" store, and then back to the campsite. Were able to share some beer & fruit (from the grocery store) with fellow hikers: Loser, Journey, Hoover, Jitterbug, Green Turtle (Hot Pants) and Skittles. Even picked up a few lame fireworks (Loser did too), so we had a mini-show!

Happy (Belated) 4th to everyone!

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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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