Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
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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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.