Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #131 - September 2, 2003
7:30 AM - We're having coffee now, but earlier
Andy was in the bathroom & I was getting out of the tent. I
looked across the road & there was a guy standing in front
of the bathroom fence waving his arms at me. I was like…OK!?
Then I saw something coming down the road. My first thought was
it was a horse, since the guy was standing right next to it, but
it was a moose with a calf! It was HUGE! It kept walking but then
got a little spooked and he trotted off through the next campsite
8:40 PM - What a day! We were lucky enough to
get a ride right away from the campground to the trailhead @ Crawford
Notch. We had a big climb to start off with, and after about only
about 2 miles, we climbed 2,000. From then on, the views were fabulous.
There was quite a bit of cloud cover, though, so all the tall summits
were socked in. We stopped for lunch @ Mizpah Hut & had the
AYCE baked goods for $1.00. Yummy sweet bread - we ate a whole
From the hut we climbed again & were above
treeline for the rest of the hike. It was awesome, walking along
the ridges & rock. We could see mountains ahead disappearing & reappearing
in the mist. There was almost no wind & we hiked in shorts
and t-shirts all day. We never could see Mt Washington, though.
A huge cloud hovered around it, cutting it off mid-section. We
wished we could see it & how far up it went.
Got to Lake of the Clouds Hut around 4:00. It's
the biggest, most popular Hut, just 1.4 miles from the summit of
Washington. We finally hit a bunch of other NorthBounders here
- Martha Graham, Chemo, Oreo & Buttercup and Freeway. We're
able to get work for stay again, and actually get to sleep in a
bunkroom. We cleaned another bunkroom for our work and chowed down
on a great dinner. Glad we don't have to stay down in "The
Dungeon," a basement shelter - $8.00 for hikers that don't
Up early tomorrow hopefully. Maybe we'll be able
to see the mountain? Probably not, but we'll be there at least.
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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.