Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #137 - September 10, 2003
7:50 PM - Well, Andy insists that he's still
having fun, so hopefully he fits in somewhere between idiot and
super genius! Maybe any normal person would still be thinking this
is fabulous and I'm the insane one! Oh well!
What a windy day - it was blowing like crazy!
Thought we were going to be swept off a couple of these rocky mtns.
Can't imagine what it must have been like on Mt Washington. Speaking
of which, it seems that every time we get a view, there's Washington
looking as close as it ever was. I feel like we're standing still!
What's really frustrating is that by the AT, we're 55 miles from
Washington, but as the crow flies it's only 25! OY!
Saw a porcupine on the trail today, which was
kind of neat. Andy saw it first, just sitting there, and then it
waddled up in front of us for quite a ways.
We're about 4.5 miles into Maine now, and the
terrain is definitely rugged! But we've walked from GA to ME now,
so that means we can go home now, right? Ha!
The Notch is first thing tomorrow. Should be
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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.