Day 84 on the Appalachian Trail

Day 84 on the Appalachian Trail

Must thru-hikers have an arrogant disdain for day hikers. They are noisy, use up scarce camping spots, and leave a lot of trash behind. On the plus side though, they smell great. I can usually smell a day hiker approaching on the trail before I can see them. I,...
Day 83 on the Appalachian Trail

Day 83 on the Appalachian Trail

The curse of Grayson Highlands State Park is still following me. Do you you remember? I was the first thru-hiker in history to walk through that park and not see a wild pony. Today I exited Shenandoah National Park without seeing a bear the entire time I was in the...
Day 82 on the Appalachian Trail

Day 82 on the Appalachian Trail

Allison had the timer on the coffee pot set for 6:00 am and I was standing there waiting for it to finish brewing. She drove Boo Boo and Batman to Walmart to resupply while I stayed behind to pack my now dry gear. When I went to settle my account with Allison, I asked...
Day 81 on the Appalachian Trail

Day 81 on the Appalachian Trail

It appears that I made a poor tactical decision to sleep in my tent overnight. Late in the evening, a strong storm came through with high winds and torrential rain. Luckily, the tent pad was oriented so that the tent was pitched correctly against the wind, but the...
Day 80 on the Appalachian Trail

Day 80 on the Appalachian Trail

When I woke up, the rain had finally stopped but I was still in the drizzly clouds. After downing the frosted Honey Bun and sleeve of chocolate donuts that I had purchased yesterday, I made my way back to the Lewis Mountain Campgrounds store for some hot coffee....