Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #106 - August 1, 2003
7:00 PM - The first day of August - 2 more months
out here at the most. I'd think!
What a lazy day. We started out this morning
not really sure how far we were headed. Took a lunch break after
6 miles or so at the shelter. Now we know where the mob has gone
- 2 days ahead of us there were 20 separate entries in the shelter
register! We only saw 4 other people on the trail today that are
headed north - Elf, Jimmy, Doc, Llama and Coy (their dog). Left
our lunch break and decided we'd stop after 3 miles at the next
campsite for water. It rained on and off through the day, but not
Made it to Silver Hill Campsite for water & found
picnic tables, a pavilion & a privy. Doc, Llama & Coy showed
up soon after. We chatted & sat around. They left after awhile,
but we decided that it was such a nice place that we'd just stay!
A short day, but oh well. Plus, definitely were glad when it started
pouring and we were under this nice shelter! We've lounged around
all afternoon. Did crosswords, Andy caught up on his journal and
I wrote a letter to Elle & Jesse (Niece & Nephew). You
wouldn't believe how much I'd give to be sitting @ Chuck E. Cheese
right now, playing games & eating pizza!
Well, one guy just showed up - I think his name
is Jack on the Mountain - an older gentleman. I was wondering why
he looked so confused as we talked to him, but then he put his
hearing aid in. 18 miles tomorrow...
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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.