Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #145 - September 21, 2003
8:30 PM - OK, pretty tired tonight. Ended up
doing 22 miles to the Pierce Pond Lean-To. Had my very first night
hike, even if it was only a half hour or so in the very dark. Decided
to come all the way here, so that we could catch the Kennebec River
Ferry on its early run, from 9 to 11, instead of waiting 'til the
Was another nice day, with lots of flat walking.
Lots of swamp & bog logs, but no moose.
It's better to burn out,
Than it is to rust.
- Neil Young
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Ever thought of building your very
own lean-to or three sided shelter? Believe it or not, the
thought has actually crossed my mind more than a time or
two since the trail. Wandering in quiet woods with old trees,
I imagine my old little shelter. Maybe I'd spend the summer
mornings there, maybe use it for a lunch shelter during deer
season, maybe just to go out and have a campfire at. Believe
it or not, the Maine A. T. Club has a guide available so
that regular folks like us can have our very own lean-to's.
Sounds like a good spring project to me.
FYI, the picture on the cover is the Pierce
Pond Lean-To. A lovely and lonely little cabin where the
songs of loons will sing you to sleep and their laughter
wake you in the morning.