Back on the AT! Mission: Complete the AT by hiking c. 700 mi. between Duncannon, PA and Zealand Falls AMC Hut, WMNF, NH. Have just come off 566 mi. on the PCT-SoCal to the hot, humid, where's the sunshine, rainy, forest with few views AT. Quite the transition!
A Philadelphia Story
Valley Forge: George Washington mandated smallpox inoculation for all Continental soldiers in 1777.
Arch to the Officers and Private Soldiers of the Continental Army December 19, 1777 - June 19, 1778.
How can you leave Philly without stocking up on TastyKakes?
Pleasant Gap, PA: Visiting with god daughter and her daughter.
Meet George Mohler 86-year old volunteer station master, Lewiston, PA. Raised in Amish orphanage and speaks Pennsylvania Dutch.
AMTRAK Station, Harrisburg, PA and an Uber ride to the trailhead.
Back on trail.
AT hikers refer to Pennsylvania as Rocksylvania!
Misty and muggy!
Trail across beaver swamp
Finally a view.
Rocky views have consequences! Two (2) Pennsylvania Timber Rattlesnakes (Crotalus horridus) enjoy a warm rock.
Eagle's Nest Shelter: There are about c.260 shelters scattered along the entire length of the 2,190 mile AT.
Holiday decorated doorway to local social club, Port Clinton, PA
Scored a ride from Red in his '96 Subaru to...
Pottsville, PA to visit..
America's oldest brewery!
Yuengling is family owned 6th generation. has fascinating history especially surviving Prohibition!
Karl Popper's "Paradox of Tolerance". If we tolerate intolerance, intolerance will flourish. In other words: if a society is tolerant without limit, its ability to be tolerant is eventually destroyed by the intolerant. Tolerating bigotry allows bigotry to spread. Exclusion isn't always a dirty word. Tell your local Nazi to F off today.
Post by absarokanaut on Aug 27, 2023 9:48:07 GMT -8
Outfreakinstanding! Many thanks to all who serve the world whatever country they come from. Cared for a Force Recon Marine that has struggled with his Nam, Laos, etc. Agent Orange Exposure since the 70s. Grateful to Afghan partners. My brother did basic at Fort Benning!
I love this style, articulate on worlds and long on visuals. Most folks have no idea how gloriously beautiful New Jersey can be.will never forget the Watchung.
Out of Vermont - Short and Sweet - Nobody told me there’d be days like these! Bienvenue New Hampshire!
A Tip of the Cap to Debbie for hosting me at her lakeside home!
The AT shares 100 miles with Vermont’s Long Trail. The Maine Junction is where the AT turns off the LT and heads east to New Hampshire.
AT thru-hikers serving up trail magic! Milkweed, High Point, NJ is off trail and recovering from an ankle injury. Her trail partner is Fun Facts from Omaha, NB
An abrupt and unexpected ladder!
Since we’re on ladders here is The Lookout, an enclosed cabin with an observation deck!
New Hampshire in the distance from The Lookout!
Asked a young hiker (Kodak) to take this rainy day photo for me. He’s from Salt Lake City and graduated from West High School in ‘16. Coincidentally, my daughter also graduated from West in ‘16. He knows her! There’s more to the story…
Kodak now lives in Montreal and is studying Anthropology at McGill University. His hike is actually a work and field study of the AT culture. He recalled interviewing a German hiker in Grayson Highlands, VA. That hiker happens to be my long time hiking partner, friend and mentor, Curly!
Birch grove had coverage. Made a call regarding the Club (Salt Lake Figure Skating). After an hour, started hiking. Five (5) miles later realized I had gone in the wrong direction! They say, “The trail humbles you!”, it’s true! Needed to come off trail. Contacted Wise Pines Hostel, Woodstock, VT.
Wise Pine owner Chelsea to the rescue. Wise Pine is designed for the discerning 21st century hiker. The following morning they dropped me off at the trailhead for a re-do!
Maple sugar collection system.
Connecticut River is the border between Vermont and New Hampshire!
Feeling good in the Granite State. Checking stats, found that I started my hike at AT mi. 1149 in Duncannon, PA. Hanover, NH is AT mi. 1752. Which means I’ve hiked 603 miles. 603 is the area code for New Hampshire!
Welcomed by Eliza, Keene, NH. A Dartmouth Senior, she is dressed eccentrically, to identify as designated outdoor leader for a mandatory freshmen outdoor activity,