Mrrr. Rain. Stinky Rain.
If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed by email! Thanks for visiting!So, we’re getting a cool front tonight/tomorrow. I’m not looking forward to it—well, sorta. The cooling off part I can handle, I can’t handle the rain that is coming with it. I hate rain. Or rather, I hate rain that I have to walk in. Being wet in clothes isn’t too bad, but I hate, despise, and sneer at having wet feet. It makes me really grumpy. Last year apparently there were 30 straight days of rain. I would have bailed after the first few days. Not to mention I’m getting all antsy…
Another on the ground video. Pennsylvania.
Nuts about Chipmunks!
At a shelter in New York. Chris watched this ‘fella/gal’ go into its nest for awhile and decided to set the camera down and see what happened next! Feel free to skip ahead to about 25 seconds.
The Green Mountains
Ah, taking another nearo here in Manchester, Vermont. We went so many weeks without doing anything, mostly because through NJ-MA there weren’t any good places to stop. Everything gets expensive and hostels are few and far between. Last week we stayed at Tom Levardi’s house in Dalton, MA. It’s this guy who has a house on the trail and basically lets hikers camp or stay inside his house for free. You get a shower, laundry and ice cream at the end of the night. It’s a pretty sweet deal and I recommend everyone stopping in when you go through Dalton. We left Dalton on Friday and stopped in at Diane’s…
From our days hiking with Caboose and Spark and Merf. Meeting Hit and Miss at the Cookie Lady’s house. Finding a Moose track! COOL! The beauty on Upper Goose Pond. At the Mt. Wilcox #2 shelter for the night. Blueberry pickin’!! On Bear Mtn, Ct, right before going into Mass. Merf and Chris swimming in Sages Ravine. Too cold for me! Chris and Caboose on Bear Mtn.
Make Time’s Thru-hike completion
Calling his wife to say he was done! Relaxing at the end of the trail, right before coming into Dalton. Make Time and Cob.
Best of 501 to 1012.8
Alright, finally some time to do the best of #2! This is from Mile 501 on Pine Mtn to Harpers Ferry. Best View: -Chestnut Knob Shelter, Va: 561.8, elevation 4,409 -Rice Field Shelter, Va: 633.2, 3,375 -McAfee Knob: 703.0, 3,197 -Cold Mtn: 802.7, 4,022 -Rock Spring Hut, Shenandoah: 917.7, 3465 -Crescent Rock, WVa: 996.9, 1,312 Best Section: -Va606 to Wapiti Shelter: Miles 602-609.8 -Hazeltop Mtn, Shenandoah: 909.7 -Sky Meadows State Park: 977.6 Best Food: -The Barn: Atkins, Va. Cheap, very good hiker food. Right on trail. -Exxon station at Atkins, Va. -Ming Garden, Waynesboro, Va. Best Chinese buffet out there. -Trents Grocery, Va: Cheap, cheap burgers….good pulloff for a burger.…
Inch by Inch, Rock by Rock…
Slowly, slowly are are making our way up the eastern seaboard. We’ve arrived in upper Mass. and are taking our first full trail zero since Damascus, Virginia, which is well over 1,000 miles south of here. That is if you don’t count our five days at home. We’ve been experts at taking nearo’s and half days, but we’ve been feeling the tiredness and beat down lately. It seems to be rampant among many hikers. The big push to do huge miles this last month has left everyone a little ragged and if we’re going to start hitting real mountains soon (Mt. Greylock tomorrow. Our first 3K peak since the Shenandoah’s)…
Yesterday we finally made it to New England, but my southern mind already thought I was there the minute we crossed the Mason/Dixon line and into PA. Apparently no one else thinks that PA, NJ and NY are in New England…oh well. We are officially in Connecticut and in a few short days, Massachusetts. I am looking forward to blitzing through those states and getting to Vermont. It has been very warm and humid here and I didn’t realize that other parts of the country had heat induced afternoon thunderstorms like Florida. Yesterday we had done about 9.5 miles and Chris had jumped in 10 mile River for a swim.…
Rocksylvania, New Bearsy….New Deli?
Well, we’re on the NJ/NY border eating at a deli and it has internet! WOOHOO! So, as my brother posted, we made it through Pennsylvania…aka: Rocksylvania or what others called Rocksylsnakethornia. We know two people who gave the finger to PA on the downhill into Delaware Water Gap…that’s how much PA is hated by the AT crowd. The first 1/3 to 1/2 isn’t bad, up to Duncannon. It just gets suckier with each miles after that. Not only that, we got on one ridge that had zero water for 17 miles. Ugh. Up until then water has been pretty frequent and plentiful. I guess our most interesting day was the…