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Appalachian Trail 2003 - Chelsea's Journals

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 interesting...

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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.




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