Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #129 - August 31, 2003
9:50 PM - What a fabulous day - a once in a lifetime
day! We left our site by 8:00. It was still freezing, but the sky
was clear & blue with hardly any wind. Started out hiking in
our shorts, rain pants, t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, jackets,
hats & mittens! By the time we were a mile or so down the trail,
the sun was really starting to shine & we had stripped down
to shorts & t-shirt. About 2 miles down the Franconia Ridge
Trail, we came around a bend onto Little Haystack Mtn and were
greeted by a view that erased every bad memory of the boring 1,800
miles of Trail behind us. It was Mt. Lincoln against a blue sky.
We were above any clouds that we could see - they were quiet white
wisps lying down in the valleys. The trail was a ridgewalk along
rocky open slopes for the next couple miles, over Lincoln & Lafayette.
We saw Carolina Cruiser (the documentary guy) yet again and he
told us there was 120-mile visibility from Mt. Washington today.
We moved on and are staying at Galehead Hut tonight!
We got work for stay again and had to sift compost. A smelly job,
but worth the hour's work to stay here. It's a beautiful new hut
with a great crew. We had a huge dinner of leftovers - turkey soup,
salad, veggies, bread, baked rotini, & carrot cake for dessert!
The perks of being a thru-hiker! We might not eat with the regular
folk, and have to sift through garbage, but we have a dry, warm
place to stay & full bellies just like them, only we're $120
richer, ha, Ha! I'd prefer to sleep out in the main room by ourselves
instead of in the bunk room anyway.
15 easy miles to Crawford Notch tomorrow. We're
headed for a campground with showers & laundry. Yippeeee!
Oh - two SoBo's that are here did a presentation
for all the people staying RE: Thru-Hiking. I guess only having
done 350 miles, they're still excited about talking about the Trail,
ha, Ha! We added our input, too. It was fun talking to the people & answering
all their questions, I guess.
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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.