Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #117 - August 16, 2003
7:30 PM - What a comfy bed that was @ the Sutton
Place. Got up fairly early & we're planning on going to McDonald's
again! But Frank (the owner of the house) offered to give us a
ride up to the trail with an old couple that was hiking south.
Decided to take him up on the offer, since we weren't sure how
hard of a hitch it would be.
Got to the Trailhead & sat to eat breakfast.
Guess who showed up? Loser! We were pretty surprised, since we
weren't sure where he's been lately. Talked awhile & then he
headed into town & we were up the trail. It was 3 miles up
to the top of Bromley Mtn. At the top we found a ski area, with
lifts, an observation deck and best of all a ski patrol hut. In
the summer hikers use the hut - it's the Best. Tables inside, benches
to sleep on, hooks everywhere and a working phone. We got here
at 11:00 and decided to stay. The weather had said rain and storms
possible, so we couldn't pass up such a great spot. A storm did
come through around 3 or so. Very glad to be under a roof! Repaired
some of our gear & lazed around. A good day. Blaze, Bull, and
Shy T are also here for the night now.
Air sure is cool outside now. There is a fabulous
view from the observation deck.
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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.