Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #112 - August 10, 2003
5:00 PM - Had just a 3-mile walk into Dalton
yesterday. Our first stop was the post office where we picked up
our mail drop. My sister had put a bunch of fun candy and stuff
in the box, along with an anniversary card for Andy and I. My mom
sent one, too - it was fun to get that extra stuff. It was getting
extremely hot & humid out while we were @ the PO & it was
only 10 AM or so. Next we wanted to go to the library to check
our e-mail & go on the internet. It opened @ 11, so we had
to wait awhile. We were the first ones there so we were able to
check it out right away. Unfortunately, Andy had some bad news
waiting. His Grandpa had passed away last week. We knew he had
been in the hospital and was having a hard time, but I guess we
never realized how hard until it was too late. I know Andy regrets
not being there at the time, and not being able to get back for
the funeral. Like I've said before though, it's strange out here.
We get so detached from real life - we just don't seem to be part
of it. It's scary to think of how easily people and things and
memories can slip away while you're not paying attention.
Well, after the library we decided just to stay
in town - got a room @ the Shamrock Inn. It was still so early
that we really got to relax for the rest of the day. Watched TV,
made phone calls and ate a bunch. It was a nice time - plus, our
first anniversary was the next day, so we didn't feel too guilty
Headed out around 10 AM today (the actual anniversary
day!) and the rain started right away. My pretty good mood was
immediately shot to hell. The hiking was pretty easy at least.
It rained on and off for the 9 miles until Cheshire, MA. We had
heard there was a church available for hikers to stay for free.
Came up to check it out. I was worried that a storm might be coming
this afternoon, so I really preferred to stay. Andy decided it
was OK with him, so here we are. A lazy day, but it's not often
there's a clean, dry place to stay with restrooms and kitchen for
free. Of course, the weather has been pretty nice all afternoon.
I really wished a storm would come through, since we are all safe
and sound. We can never win...
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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.