Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #124 - August 26, 2003
8:00 PM - Had a bit of a lazy morning today -
which was OK. The privy @ Trapper John was pretty funny - it had
a big chair with arms & a back sitting right on top of the
pot. I think it's my #2 favorite privy behind the one on Mt Rogers.
Walked just about a half mile down to the road
where we settled down to try to catch a ride into town. There was
no traffic, so we started to worry. But after only a few minutes,
the first car came by & picked us up! Off we went to pick up
a crapload of snacks @ Lyme Country Store. Got a ride back pretty
So on we went up the trail. Passed a great viewpoint
- the firetower on Smarts Mtn. The weather was pretty fair, but
the sky seemed a little hazy, so maybe it wasn't the most perfect
view ever, but we could certainly see almost forever. It's weird
to look out over the hills that go on and on to the horizon, as
far as we can see, and think that we've walked that whole distance
and so much more.
We've ended up at the Hexacube Shelter. Here
with one other - a SoBo named One-Off. The shelter is shaped like
a hexagon, and the privy is a pentagon. It's got a big sign on
the front that says "Penta Privy" and a big upside down
pentagon. Very odd. One-Off was very happy that we showed up & that
we didn't have to stay in this crazy, cursed shelter alone.
I saw an owl on the Trail today. Sitting on a
stump ahead. It stared for a while and then flew up into a tree
where it stared some more, with its big dark eyes.
On to Glencliff tomorrow, to the hostel! After
that it's the Whites.
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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.