Gerry Gladu, firstname.lastname@example.org
Front: A knarled oak and trail through woods on one half and a picture of the bronze plaque marking the terminus of the AT. Back: "Springer Mountain: Located at the end of the Appalachian Trail from Geogia to Maine. 'A footpath for those who wish to seek fellowship with wilderness'" The quote was from the plaque, placed by the Georgia Appalachian Trail Council in 1934. 3/27/93 Mile 0.2, Springer Mountain Shelter. First day was a rainy and muddy one. Made good time on the 8.3 mile approach. Appx 3 hrs + 45 min. Felt like taking it easy on the first day, though. Don't want to get ahead of my mail drops. Great shelter here with a loft above the front porch. Can hear large explosions in the distance. The army rangers train near here. Terrain looks like Mass. Got a good fire going now. Later, Gerry
The front has a picture of some nondescript mountains in Autumn. The legend is: "Georgia's Southern Appalachian Mountains offer many scenic vistas for the visitor to relish around every curve." He's still obsessed with condiments, I see. It reads . . . 3/28/93 Day 1 Mile 13.6 Justus Creek, AT, GA Long hike for the first day. Pretty beat but I feel good. No rain today but pretty cloudy. Bypassed a nice shelter in a virgin forest for this spot by the creek. About 12 other thru-hikers had the same idea. Only met 3 other solo hikers and we're all packing around 50 lbs. The pairs are packing around 40. They have less weight but the solo hikers seem to travel faster. Except for Steve from R.I. who's a day behind cuz he didn't bring a tent. Gerry
03/29/93, Day 002, Mile 0022.9Non-descript campsite, AT in GA --- Rough Day, Pretty Sore. Nice and Sunny though. 8 of us here and we're all bushed. Gata rest up to cross Blood Mtn, the highest point on the GA AT at 4461 FT. named aftr a battle 400 years ago between the Creek and Cherokee. Georgia is very pretty, lots of oak and pine. Ran into more army rangers on maneuvers. I saw them before they saw me. Ha! Gerry
03/30/93, Day 003, Mile 0030.7Front is a late 50's/early 60's snowy picture of 2 women standing in front of and looking at a sign next to a lodge. The sign says "Welcome WALASI-YI INN. You are invited to enjoy the facilities of the many enchanting state parks in Georgia". On the back, Beautiful Northeast Georgia, Neel's Gap. --- 3/30/93, Day 3, Mile 30.7. Walasi-yi- Center, Wallace Gap, GA. Put in 7.8 miles before noon. Staying here for the night to do laundry, shower + resupply for the 7 day stretch ahead. Have been hiking with "Care the Bear" the last couple of days since we have the same pace. The thru hikers have dubbed me "Cakewalk" but I don't know if I'll keep the name yet. Gerry
03/31/93, Day 004, Mile 0041.3A picture of hikers on a ridge in GA, overlooking a long valley filled with fall foliage 3/31/93, Day 4, Mile 41.3, Low Gap Shelter, GA Rain, hail and thunderstorms today. Clear and sunny now but there are tornado warnings for our area at the moment. It's sunny and I wanted to hike more but 11.3 miles is enough until my knee gets better. I'm sure all of us here would like to hike more but we all have knee and foot troubles. "No pain, no Maine" as the saying here goes. Hiking at a pretty good pace but it gets tough to hike more than 6 hours with the various pains. All in all it's been a great experience so far. Thru-hikers have a great sense of community. Getting ready to teach a few people how to play Cosmic Wimpout. Gerry and then in the "Space Reserved for U.S. Postal Service" ps. will I get in trouble if I write in this box? :-)
04/01/93, Day 005, Mile 0054.3THE CARD Nice tranquil view of the Chattahoochee River in Georgia. Looks like a Fall scene. The photo is bordered in gold and framed by a blue background. THE CAPTION The Chattahoochee River is a source of drinking water for Atlanta. Rafting, swimming, fishing and aesthetic beauty are activities young and old can enjoy. THE MESSAGE 4/1/93 Mile 54.3 Day 5 "Cheese Factory Site" It's raining now as I lie here in my tent to write this. It was a 13 mile day so I'm pretty tired. Been leaving a few friends behind the last couple of days, and it's kind of sad. I took their pictures so I will remember them. Most folks seem to only like to hike shelter to shelter and to me, it seems to hamper progress. They're fair weather hikers. We're camped less than 2 miles from the group that started the day before us and hope to pass them tomorrow. It'll be nice to meet new friends especially since we put some distance in from out old ones. Early start tomorrow, going to try to get shelter space to dry out. - Gerry.
04/02/93, Day 006, Mile 0063.3Deep Gap Shelter, AT, GA Cold Rain and Snow last night. Windy with rime ice along the ridges today. Put in 9 miles before noon. Resting the remainder of the day today and building a big fire. Most of the thru-hikers bailed on the prospect of a cold night in a shelter in favor of a warm night in a new hiker-friendly hostel 6 miles down the road. Possible single digits tongiht but sunny tomorrow. going to try for Bly Gap tomorrow just over the NC line. Here with the Bear and Squeege and Yellowman. We're waiting on Grateful Grandpa who we heard was trying to make it here. I still need to decide on a trail name if only for the logs. We refer to each other on a first name basis when we speak to each other but use trail names to refer to those who aren't present. Fire needs stoking, gotta go... Gerry
04/03/93, Day 007, Mile 75.6Bly Gap, N.C. The card shows a lush wooded river scene, "The Nantahala River offers a peaceful and serene view for young and old alike." Cold night last night. Squeege and Marty's water bucket froze solid. Temps in the low teens gave way to sunny in the 50's today. Camped at Bly Gap near the "old gnarled oak" (tm), an AT landmark. Expansive northern views from here are a vision. Finally hiked out of Georgia and this is my first day in North Carolina. The mountains are getting bigger and steeper and the first 5000'er is up for tomorrow. I can hear a pileated woodpecker close to here. I might track it down since I've never seen one. After seeing just thru-hikers all week, it's weird to see regular people. They ask funny questions like "I hear it takes 3 whole months to hike the AT" and "Do you carry _all_ your food with you?" :-) Gerry
04/04/93, Day 008, Mile 0090.9Carter Gap Shelter, N.C. ------- Big hiking day today - 15.3 miles. Feet feel great finally. Leg still sore but I'm used to it. Lost my hiking pal, Larry. He blew out his knee and is off the trail. He was out here testing equipment for most major outdoor companies so it's a major bummer for him. He might join up with me in a few days and come back to hike this section after Maine. It's snowing now and pretty cold. The shelter is filling up also. Lots of thru-hikers here I haven't met yet. They started about 3 days before I did. There's a dog here and I can hear skunks under the shelter. Could be trouble tonight. Gerry
04/05/93, Day 009, Mile 0103.7here at rainbow springs tonight. came in for a shower, laundry + resupply. stove hasn't worked in 4 days. i need to call mfr[msr?] to see if i can trade for a new one in nautahala[sp?]. 11 people + a dog in the shelter last night. the dog chased skunks all night and got sprayed 5 times. not a pleasant evening. rained too hard to crawl out to set up a tent. rained all day today too, but the promise of a hot shower made the day go quick. stayed in the shower about 35 minutes:-) ate a whole pizza tonight. pretty hungry. lost 9 pounds so far since starting the at. weather:, changing for the better the next few days -- gerry
04/06/93, Day 010, Mile 0110.5Siler Bald Shelter, AT, NC ------ Lazy day, left Rainbow Springs at noon and only hiked 6.8 miles. Just kinda felt like hanging out today. Here with Jane and Kris, and the Danascus Duo, Birddawg(?) and Patrick, showed up later. Nice and quite here and not too crowded. Great Grey owls can be heard nearby and they sound kinda cool. Lots of duct tape on the roof here so I hope it doesn't rain. Played a few rounds of Cosmic Wimpout and had a nice cozy fire going. This is one of the more pleasant evenings I've had so far. There's much more to hiking the AT than just hiking. Spent a lot of time today checking out new and different plants. Spring is about to hit soon although the days are still cool. I expect sunny days for the next 2 days which will be a welcome change from the rain. We may go rafting in a couple of days. - Gerry PS - Full moon just came out and the clouds are clearing. I'm _very_ relaxed at the moment!
04/07/93, Day 011, Mile 0122.6Picture: River through forest, more like a stream. Caption: The rushing water of the Pacolet River near Tryon, NC will delight each and every visitor 4/7/93, Mile 122.6 Day 11 Cold Spring Shelter Nice sunny day today, but spent it slugging over 3 5000 ft peaks (plus a Siler Bald side trip for good measure). Lots of evidence of owls on this section (i.e. fur balls). Great views from Wayah Bald where we answered the usual questions from tourists there. Pretty uneventful day so far. Camped in a really tiny shelter. Built with 14" diameter logs which is kind of weird. Nice little spring outside the door. Heading to the Nantahala Outdoor Center where we're going to rent a raft and go rafting. Jane knows how to steer one so it's only 20 bucks total for the 6 of us. Got severe thunderstorms coming in along with tornado warnings for the weekend. Should be interesting. Gerry
04/09/93, Day 012, Mile 0134.1[Postcard with a very red sunset, caption "Explore Georgia". Back reads "Scenic sunsets restore the soul and relieve the stress of everyday life with a panorama of color.] 4/8-9/93, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City, NC day 11-12, mile 134.1 Beautiful day yesterday (the 8th) for hiking. The southern Appalacians are very scenic. Lots of views from the balds. The wildflowers really came out as well. Got a free stove replacement here so I'm psyched. We're here taking a day off (first one since I started). Ended up not going rafting but we bought some beer to wait out today's thunderstorms and tornados. Got yet another trailname (moonshot). I learned to play hearts last night and "shot the moon" twice in four hands. I guess it's pretty rare. Might keep that one. I don't know yet. Leaving here tomorrow rain or shine for Fontana Dam. Can't pick up my maildrop until Monday so that and the rain made us decide to stay here. Huge vertical climb tomorrow. Pack is light for this stretch though. Gerry
04/10/93, Day 014, Mile 0144.6April 10, 1993 - Mile 144.6 - Day 14 - Locust Cove Gap, AT, NC Picture: "Sunrise in the Smokies" with a hand-written correction: I'm not in the smokies, BTW Seven mile climb up from the Nantahala River, to the top of Cheoah Bald today. OOF! Hauling 50 lbs. on your back up and down mountains day after day is grueling, to say the least. Left knee joint is a little stiff, but no real pain for the first time since day 1. Well, not counting the three inch second-degree burn on my right instep, anyways. Excellent views from Cheoah today. Nice clear day, but pretty windy, though. Stars are out now, and the wind has died. An owl just flew through the campsite. They're pretty quiet for such a big bird. Lot's of folks have dropped out already. Bad knees, bad feet, infections & exhaustion seem to be the main reasons. I'm still hanging in there. Need to pick up the pace again when my burn heals. - Gerry "No pain, no Maine"
04/11/93, Day 015, Mile 0156.84/11/93, Mile 156.8, Day 15 Cabie Gap Shelter, AT , NC Heavy ups and down today, pretty steep climbs too. Unfortuntaely the guidebook neither mentioned them nor were they on the profile maps. Easy day tomorrow, then it's 105 miles before the next resupply. Getting psyched for the Smokies and will be sending 2/3 of my warm weather stuff ahead to Hot Springs. Pizza & beer tomorrow then trail food for 7-9 days. Getting ready for a game of Cosmic with Jane, Kristen, & Patrick (Jane's last day is tomorrow. Met two south bounders just finishing. They still had snowshoes on their pack. Moonshot GA -> ME '93 (still not in the Smokies yet)
04/12/93, Day 016, Mile 016?.?"Great Smoky Mountains", picture of stream with trees and rocks. Dated 4/12/93, postmarked 4/20. "Fontana Dam Shelter, At, NC. Short hike today, had to go into town to pick up supplies. Pack weighs 65+ lbs., ugh! No stops for 105 miles. The shelter is great...running water, hot showers by the dam, all courtesy of the TVA :-|. Nice view of the lake (also courtesy of the TVA). Heading into the Great Smoky Mountains tomorrow (they are on the other side of the dam). Probably will take a walk out across the dam later. It's the highest in the East at 480 feet. Oh, one of my mail drops didn't make it here, so I had to have it forwarded. Should be able to do the 105 miles in about 8 days - moonshot.
04/13/93, Day 017, Mile 0176.5postmark 930420: asheville, nc : "4/13/93, mile 176.5, day 17 russell field shelter, AT , NC -- tough day lots of ups and downs. went thru 5 liters of water mostly due to pack weight. made good time despite the weight, though. mr. ranger checked out my burn today. he said it looked ok but that i should let it air out. too nice to take a day off. guess i'll have to start earlier so that i can stop sooner to let it mend. shelters in the smokies are stone with double platforms, indoor fireplace and are enclosed by a chain link fence to keep the bears out. saw wild boar signs today - they tend to uproot the forest like a roto-tiller. got a rew long days ahead of us and rain for a few days as well. looks like no view from Clingman's Dome for me. got thundrehead and rocky top to do tomorrow. moonshot " Obverse: Stream scene with landscape reflected in shallow rocky water. titled : "Great Smokey Mountains" Caption: The unbroken surface of the crystaline Little Pigeon River mirrors a spring morning in Tennessee's GSM's Photo by Bill Tuttle
04/14/93, Day 018, Mile 0190.8Postmarked 4/20/93, Asheville NC Postcard is "Fontana Lake - Great Smoky Mountains" 4/14/93, mile 190.8, Day 18 Silers Bald Shelter, AT, NC/TN Fairly long day - 14.3 miles. Might take a short day tomorrow. We're only allowed to stay at shelters here and the next one is at 2 miles, then 8, then 16. I expect rain tomorrow and with 2 6K'ers, I'll probably only do 8. Only 3 of us here tonight. We seem to be between 2 large groups. The shelters ahead of us were full both nights and I know there's a big group behind. This is great, though. Saw a few deer today. Some kind of white tails. No bear yet but a thru-hiker saw one yesterday. My burn is healing nicely. Legs a little sore from the extra weight. I feel good though - Moonshot
4/15/93, Mile 198.8, Day 19received in the mail yesterday, 4-28-93, wednesday: postcard of a red sky sunset with the smoky mountains in profile, and a band of back lit clouds across the sky, GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK in the lower right corner. nice colors of back lit reddish greys, the sky is reddish, except at the top, where in one corner it's greenish-yellow-reddish... Caption on card: "Sunrise as seen from atop Clingmans Dome, the highest peak in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This mountain towers 6,643 feet above sea level and is the the third highest point east of the Mississippi River." Written next to caption: "GA -> ME @". Bambi stamp, postmarked 04/20/93 20:51. "NO RAIN, NO MAINE" written in the area to the left of the stamp. ******* on Card > "4/14/93, Mile 198.8, Day 14 ******* My Guess for the Correct one > "4/15/93, Mile 198.8, Day 19 Mt. Collins Shelter, AT, TN Bad weather day today, gale force winds all night long last night and all thru the hike today. Winds got even fiercer the closer we got to Clingmans Dome (the highest point on the AT). We climbed up the tower anyways just to see how windy it really was. We're camped here with 7 Boy Scouts and 5 thru-hikers. I got a blaze-o fire going after the Scouts gave up :-) (.The shelters here are stone with a fireplace). Thunderstorms and hail going on now with tornado warnings for our area (the "Cheerios" have a ham radio that gets N.O.A. weather). I don't need a radio to tell me this is very bad weather. How come postcards don't depict how the weather really is? Moon Shot"
04/16/93, Day 020, Mile 0218.8Picture on front is waterfall and pond with caption reading: Abrams Falls, Great Smokey Mountains and on the other side: One of the most impressive sights in the park is Abrams Falls where Abrams Creek plunges more than thirty feet over a spectacular rock ledge to a beautiful pool below. The trail to the falls begins about halfway around the Cades Cove Loop Road and is a very easy five mile round trip hike. 4/16/93, mile 218.8 day 20 Tri-corner Knob Shelter, AT, NC Fierce thunderstorms and hail storms last night. lots of blowdown to climb over/under today. put in 20+ miles today. just felt like letting loose. awesome scenery over the ridge lines all day. best of the trek so far. should be through the smokies tomorrow (well, within a mile anyways). 70 miles in 5 days. most folks are getting off the trail to resuply tomorrow, but i've got enough to get to hot springs. still have 6 days of food in my pack but i hardly felt it today. guess i'm getting stronger. it's cold + snowy tonight. gotta sleep with my water filter. it'll get below freezing- moonshot
04/17/93, Day 021, Mile 0233.7Postcard received 4/23: front: "Great Smoky Mountains" with waterfall 4/17/93 mile 233.7 day 21 - davenport gap shelter, AT, NC Another long day - 15+ miles. I'm at the end of the Smokies with less than a mile to go. About 10 thru hikers got off at the gap and went to "Mountain Moma's Kuntry Store and Bunkhouse" [sic]. I'm not ready for another town just yet so I'm holed up here. Looks like 3 ten mile days ahead. not much campsite selection. So I guess I'll spend time in the afternoon just goofing off. Either that or carry extra water so I can camp farther in. Climbed a side trail to Mt. Cammerer today. Great views of the smokies and of the mountains I'll be going over in the next few days. Oh ... it's actually spring down here in the gap. Snow in the mountains, but leaves on the trees here. - Moon Shot (note that the signature must now be official, and it is 2 separate words) Thanks, ger ! good luck ...
04/18/93, Day 022, Mile 0244.2From Moonshot, postmarked 4/20/93 Ashville, NC Great Smoky Mountains (firey red, orange, yello trees) 4/18/93. Mile 244.2, Day 22 Groundhog Creek shelter, AT, NCShort day but its either 2 long days or 2.5 medium ones to hot springs. This place was so nice I had to stay. I knew there was a swimming hole here and found one 1/4 mile downstream. First one :-( There's a '92 thru-hiker here from last year. He gave us a few tips on places to stay/visit. I knew of most of them but he made it sound like I shouldn't miss them. I'm about to hit one in a day and a half and I'm psyched.
ps. this place has a sense of place.
04/19/93, Day 023, Mile 0266.8Received yesterday, postmarked 4/20/93 Asheville NC:"Grotto Falls, photo by Jim Doane" Grotto Falls on Roaring Fork is a reward to anyone who walks the easy 1 1/2 mile trail from the parking area on the MOTOR NATURE TRAIL (Circled with "Huh? MOTOR NATURE? :-) near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. One may walk behind this falls and remain dry except for a delightfully cooling spray on a hot summer afternoon. From Ger: 4/19/93, mile 266.8, day 23. Deer Park Shelter, AT, NC Turned a lot of mileage in the last few days. 22 miles today, 102 in the last 7 days and 71 in the last 4 days. I'm going to slow down a bit so my friends can catch up. I'm taking 2 days off in Hot Springs. I'm 3 miles from there now. Pretty good hike today, lots of views from Max Patch Bald. There's no leaves on the trees yet and the forest floor is wall to wall wildflowers. It's a pretty awesome sight. Saw lots of fur on the trail today. Seems like some large varmints are shedding. No blood so it's not some sort of prey. Some thru-hiker probably ate them whole :-) moowhniot <--approx. reproduction, possible signature, makes mine look completely legible! Oh, to be on that trail...
04/20/93, Day 024, Mile 0270.0See Day 025.
04/21/93, Day 025, Mile 0270.0Postcard description: Valley Fog - Clingman's Dome A sea of fog engulfs the peaks of Clingman's Dome, giving the sunrise an eerie, yet beautiful quality. Photo by Bill Tuttle. **************************************************** April 20 & 21, Mile 270, Days 24 + 25 The Inn at Hot Springs, Hot Springs, NC
I'm finally taking a couple days off. I'm staying at an old Victorian home with a bunch of great folks in a nice quiet little town with natural hot springs. This house is beyond description. I have a private room uniquely furnished with a door that opens to a back porch and out to the garden all for $10 !! There's not enough room to describe what this place is really like (perhaps Cindy or Tim can expand a little for me :-), but it's the most unique place I've ever been in (my kind of place). (signed) Moon Shot GA -> ME '93
04/22/93, Day 026, Mile 0281.0This is where I stayed in Hot Sprints. "SUNNYBANK INN" Built in 1875, home of famous Appalachian Balladeer Jane Gentry, the Inn at Hot Springs has offered hospitality to visitors for over a centry. 4/22/93, Mile 281, Day 26 Spring Mountain shelter, AT, NC ______
So sad to leave Elmer's today. Going to miss the 4 course meals. Cold, clear and windy today with snow in the mountains. Only did 11 miles but expect to do the 110 Miles to Roan Mountain in about 8-9 days. Sent my winter layers home and got my pack down to 46LBS with 10 days food, and full water and fuel bottles in it. Can't really trim too much more. Might send home for my candle lantern since I can afford a luxury item or two. Got a tiny FM radio now to listen to NPR + get weather. Mostly use it to drown out the snoring in the shelters. Dinner is ismmering but I don't know what it is since Mr. Support Person didn't label it. :-) Came out pretty good despite the inclusion of microwave instructions instead of steove top. :-) Moonshot GA->ME '93 Photo of the inn on the front-- White house with large windows, 2 chimneys, and a mountain in the background, obscured by mist.
04/23/93, Day 027, Mile 0296.3Photo of: The Chimneys - Great Smoky Mountains Fri, 4/23/93, Mile 296.3, Day 27 JERRY Cabin Shelter, AT, TN/NC border Slogged all day thru snow, mud, and slush. Great day though, fine views and a nice 15 mile hike despite the above. This shelter is maintained by someone with a sense of humor -- the outhouse is labeled "gazebo", there's a phone on the wall as well as a lamp. There's a fireplace in the shelter and plenty of cut, dry wood. I'm a day behind "Sawman" who picked up a new saw blade in Hot Springs and has been leaving cut, stacked wood behind ever since. :-) "The Hook" saw a bear about a half mile from here. Maybe we'll get lucky and see one tonight. Sautee'd some "ramps" (wild onions) with dinner. They're not bad. I'll be sure to use them again but will wait until the snow melts because they're hard to locate and dig up with snow cover. Well, gotta go now. I need to use the gazebo. :-) Moonshot GA->ME '93
04/24/93, Day 028, Mile 0310.9Saturday, April 24, 1973 Hogback Ridge Shelter AT NC/TN Mile 310.9 Day 28 Picture: A mountain stream and delicate yellow/green new spring foliage. Caption: A cool mountain stream, rich in flora is a delight to many visitors of the beautiful North Carolina mountains. Lots of uphill today, only did 14.6 miles. Caught up with Sawman, who is now doing what he does best - saw wood. Trail was weird today, the steepest hill had nice switchbacks once but now makes a beeline straight up in spots. Then when you get to the top, you're now going south with Tenn. to the east! To the west is the ridge I went north on yesterday. Then when you go downhill, the trail used to go straight but they added switchbacks. Not only that, but they added about 30 speedbumps - between each of which are the ditches they took the dirt from! When you ascend to the top of the ridge, you're now going north parallel to the ridge you just went south on. The ridges are in N.C. but the valley between is in Tenn. Nice day but T-storms tomorrow and Monday and I need to do 20 tomorrow. Moon Shot
04/25/93, Day 029, Mile 0331,3Handwritten note: 4/25/93, Mile 331.3, Day 29 No Business Knob Shelter, AT, Tenn. ---- I'm actually writing this the morning of the 26th. Late start but ut's raining and it's only 7 miles into Erwin (more on Erwin tomorrow :-) where we're going to consume mass quantities of beer and pizza. Anyways, had a beautiful hike yesterday (20 miles) and met 4 thru- hikers I've been following for a while. Met 2 (Blue Jeansi and Stone) yesterday morning and they gave us pizza. They had hitched to a cafe for a sandwich and got picked up by a rugby team that was 2 men short, so they ended up in Ashville playing rugby. The team brought them out for free beer and pizza and showed them the "3 man lift" :-). They then dropped them off at the trailhead late that night and we found them the next day with pizza left. Awesome views and decent trail conditions (except for the I181 detour :-). Time to pack up and head to town. Moonshot GA->ME '93 Printed description of card --------------------------- Linville Falls displays a panorama od autumn color as the waterfall plunges into the 2,000 foot deep Linville Gorge. The area was donated by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. to the National Park Service. Linville Falls is located at mile post 316-317 on the Blue Ridge Parkway Phot by: Bill Tuttle Picture up front ---------------- Splendid panoramice view of Linville Falls on Blue Ridge Parkway with beautiful reds and yellows and oranges and purples coloring the hillside.
04/26/93, Day 030, Mile 0338.34/26-28/93 mile 338.3 days 30-32 Haven Farm, Tumbling Creek Hollow, Erwin TN Impromptu layover here. Free room and board in exchange for a little work. It's sorta a thru-hiker hotel/commune that we were invited to stay at. I'm only the 6th person so far. (There's 3 others here.) Me and "Bluejeans" built a bench for the firepit and a deck for the hammock area. We also cleaned out the woodfired hottub and it's firing up now. It's "Sawmans" b-day and "Lowrider" just came in for the occasion. Boones Creek Bunch just pulled in now. Looks like there's going to be a party! This hollow is pretty scenic. Nice creek and there's a log cabin for sale for 20K$ right across the creek. Hmmmmm..... Some day I'll tell you the story of the elephant that was lynched in Erwin in 1916. Moonshot GA-->MA 93
04/26/93, Day 030, Mile 0338.34/26-28/93 mile 338.3 days 30-32 Haven Farm, Tumbling Creek Hollow, Erwin TN Impromptu layover here. Free room and board in exchange for a little work. It's sorta a thru-hiker hotel/commune that we were invited to stay at. I'm only the 6th person so far. (There's 3 others here.) Me and "Bluejeans" built a bench for the firepit and a deck for the hammock area. We also cleaned out the woodfired hottub and it's firing up now. It's "Sawmans" b-day and "Lowrider" just came in for the occasion. Boones Creek Bunch just pulled in now. Looks like there's going to be a party! This hollow is pretty scenic. Nice creek and there's a log cabin for sale for 20K$ right across the creek. Hmmmmm..... Some day I'll tell you the story of the elephant that was lynched in Erwin in 1916. Moonshot GA-->MA 93
04/29/93, Day 033, Mile 0347.6Front: Mountain scene with white trees in the foreground, Caption - North Carolina Back: "Snow covered trees in the North Carolina mountains delight the winter visitor." 4/29/93, day 33, mile 347.6 _BEAUTY_ Spot BALD, AT, TN Camped on top of a nice grassy BALD tonight. Watching the sun set and cooking supper now. Haven't set up my tent yet But the sun is hidden behind some dark clouds now off in the west. If a storm comes thru tonight, I gonna get creamed. Had fun last night at Sawman's birthday party. We made up a shirt that says "Eat My Sawdust" :-) The moon is out now and I can see the lights of Erwin, TN twinkling below. HAH! The Boone's Creek Bunch just shoed up (they're locals and you can drive up here). Most likely they brought Beer! :-) Oh, my name's been changed back to: Rambozo -- Guess that was before the BB incident ... --
04/30/93, Day 034, Mile 0351.1From TN, postmarked 5/3: 4/30/93, Mile 351.1, Day 34 Clydesmith Shelter, AT, TN Only 3 people here tonight but there's 18 not far behind. I always seem to luck out and stay between the big groups. Met Uphill Bill and Boston Andy. (AKA AROY@SARVX1.BU.EDU) ownder of the fastes first need in the east. :-) After my 3 day layover in Erwin, there's lots of people I haven't met yet who are close behind. I imagine I'll run into them all at Stalks cuz I have to stay there thru Monday so I can mail all that extra food that materialized there somewhere else. Only doing 11 miles tomorrow, and 10 the next day because of it. Good possibility to do some "yogiiing" on Roan, though. --Gerry (Don't ask *me* about ' "yogiiing" on Roan' I can't read... -erik) Picture is of Azalea in bloom in the southern appalachian mountains.
05/02/93, Day 036, Mile 0380.8This card made it to England quicker than some made it California! === 5/2/93, Mile 380.8, Day 36 (obscured by postmark so miles may be wrong) Stayin here at Stack's. Extremley windy day crossing the treeless balds but I enjoy the mountain weather. Pretty foggy as well couldn't see more than 20 feet away. Unfortunately the blazes were 60 feet apart. I've dropped my trail names again they just don't fit. Getting ready to push into Virginia. I might skip trail days just to keep ahead of the crowds. I'm here showering (not now dammit ! :-) and doing laundry. Elvis Presley stayed in room #7 here. Did a repair to my sandals and removed all four pockets from my pack trying to trim as much as I can. Weight doesn't bother me as much as other folks. Got shot in the butt by a BB gun walking down the road today - good ol' Tennessee :-( Gerry The postcard is from Stack's Roan Mountain Motel and restruant and the picture is a map of the AT with "I'm here" added. He still has an awful long way to go.
05/03/93, Day 037, Mile 0394.45/3/93, Mile 394.4, Day 37 Moreland Gap Shelter, AT, TN Finally got thru the hostile section of the AT. There's been problems in this section over the last few years with booby traps on the trail, harassments in town (I got shot in the butt with a B-B gun), attacks by dogs, etc. It's just a really redneck section. The hike even sucked - cow pastures, lots of steep ups and downs, climbing over barbwire. Found two old moonshine stills in the woods today. Guess it's a heavy moonshine area here. Pack weight down to 41 lbs with 5 days food. Goal is to get underr 40 lbs with 7 days food. I should have that by damascus. I lost 26 lbs so far since starting. I figure to lose 10 more. - Gerry Postcard of people rafting from "USA Whitewater" Notice the signature - no "GA->ME" and no trail name. Mmmmm. Thanks, ger !
05/04/93, Day 038, Mile 0412.8CARD: Beautiful photo of a wild turkey in flight. CAPTION: A wild turkey lifts into startled flight at slight sounds made by the hidden camera. Its brilliant colors are displayed only momentarily as this magnificant bird passes through a shaft o fsunlight in the lush forest that is his home. THE MESSAGE: 5/4/93, mile 412.8, Day 38 Watauga Lake Shelter, AT, TN Rain'n day to day but clear and blue sky now. 18.4 mile day in 8.5 hours. 21 and 18 mile days ahead the next two days into Damascus. Finally broke the 400 mile mark. Awesome scenery thru Laurel Fork Gorge. Sort of a tortuous gorge cut thru a fault line. Nice hike with nobody else around all day. Climbed down into the bottom to check out the waterfalls. The leaves are all out now and everything is vivid green outside the front of the shelter. Saw a tree fall in the forest (and it did make noise. :-) ) Two days 'til Virginia!!!
05/05/93, Day 039, Mile 0433.5picture of a white water rafting trip, "Ride a wild river with one of the local rafting companies." 5/5/93, mile 433.5 Double Springs Shelter, AT, TN 21 mile day with an overflowed shelter, ten thru-hikers and also seven older feminist-type ladies camped nearby. I caught up to a slower group and am camped up from the shelter. 18 miles into Damascus tomorrow and I intend to be up and out of here before the others are awake. Probably going to take 2 days off to regroup myself, trim my pack weight and pick up a few items in town. "Packmule" just showed up so there's eleven thru-hikers now. He's got his pack trimmed down to 65-70 pounds now B^) Listening to the others gossip about other thru-hikers. Kinda makes me glad that i'll blow past them soon, they're ok but I'm out here to get away from that kind of crap.
05/06/93, Day 040, Mile 0458.05/6-7/93, Mile 458, Days 40-41 Damascus, Virginia Post Card ------------------------------ | Harriet | | Quimby | | ROANOKE VA 240 05/08/93PM | | Pioneer | | Pilot | | USA Airmail | | 50 | ------------------------------- [Name Edited for Privacy] [As Well as Address] FRAMLINGHAM SUFFOLK ENGLAND, UK IP13 9DD Came into town yesterday, 71 miles in 3.5 days. Damascus is a major mile- stone for thru-hikers and a super friendly town. Took the day off to regroup myself and trim my pack weight some more. Bought a lighter rain- coat. Mine is super heavy Alpine storm parka (my old one that is) and it's much too hot to hike in down south. Sitting in a local bar now drinking with some hikers and bikers (harley bikes, that is). Heading out tommorrow. Going thru some country with wild horses! Going to try to make it thru Virginia in 4-5 weeks (500+ miles). I'm about 1/4 the way thru the trail now, at least difficulty wise. Ready to roll out again tommorrow. MOONSHOT (Green Appalachian Trail card)
05/07/93, Day 041, Mile 0458.05/6-7/93, Mile 458, Days 40-41 Damascus, Virginia Post Card------------------------------ | Harriet | | Quimby | | ROANOKE VA 240 05/08/93PM | | Pioneer | | Pilot | | USA Airmail | | 50 | ------------------------------- [Name Edited for Privacy] [As Well as Address] FRAMLINGHAM SUFFOLK ENGLAND, UK IP13 9DD Came into town yesterday, 71 miles in 3.5 days. Damascus is a major mile- stone for thru-hikers and a super friendly town. Took the day off to regroup myself and trim my pack weight| some more. Bought a lighter rain- coat. Mine is super heavy Alpine storm parka (my old one that is) and it's much too hot to hike in down south. Sitting in a local bar now drinking with some hikers and bikers (harley bikes, that is). Heading out tommorrow. Going thru some country with wild horses! Going to try to make it thru Virginia in 4-5 weeks (500+ miles). I'm about 1/4 the way thru the trail now, at least difficulty wise. Ready to roll out again tommorrow. MOONSHOT (Green Appalachian Trail card)
05/08/93, Day 042, Mile 0460.45/8/93, mile 460.4, day 42 Saunders Shelter, AT, VA ------- Hiked about 9.5 miles out of Damascus today. Fairly easy climb despite 2000' plus elevation gain. There's 11 people here, 8 of which are hitch-hikers. The first shelter after a major trail town is usually full, but I usually pull a long day on the second day out of town so I can hike between groups. That way I can usually be guaranteed space in a shelter and also the trail seems less crowded. I put new insoles in my boots so my feet practically danced up the trail today. I'm doing an 18 mile day tomorrow up to Mt. Rogers. There's a shelter near the summit, hopefully there'll be views. Doesn't matter though, I'm still going to climb it. It's the highest mountain in the state and I'm not packing a summit chicken (tm) for nothing. Birds a *really* singing right now. After 2 nights in Damascus, it sounds very nice. It's going to be tough readjusting to city life/noise after the trail. moonshot GA->ME '93 front of card: sunrise over some Virginia mountains. caption: Nestled in silence, the early morning mist awaits the burning warmth of sunrise in this serene setting in the mountains of Virginia.
05/09/93, Day 043, Mile 0479.25/9/93 Mile 479.2 Day 43 Thomas Knob Shelter, AT, VA Long hike--18.8 miles. Pretty much uphill all the way. Camped near the summit of Mt. Rogers, the highest in Virginia. There's wild horses and sometimes they come in and peek into the shelter. Nice sunny daytoday until an hour ago when a couple of thunder clouds materialized from nowhere and lambasted us for the last 45 minutes. 3rd night in a row thunderstorms built up locally here. Probably do another long day tomorrow. Supposed to have some of the most spectacular scenery in the southern Appalachians tomorrow as well as herds of wild horses. 2 deer behind the shelter tonight. Moonshot Card says: Commonwealth of Virginia First English settlement in North America--Jamestown 1607. State Song: Carry Me Back To Old Virginia. Nicknames: Mother of Presidents & The Old Dominion, Statehood: June 25, 1788, Area--40,815 sq. miles. 1990 population--over 6,000,000 Front has a drawing of the state that says Greetings from Virginia with the state flag, flower (dogwood), and state bird (cardinal) on it with a drawing of the state on it.
05/11/93, Day 045, Mile 0521.55/11/93, Mile 521.5, Day 45 Chatfield Shelter, AT, VA ------------ 19.2 miles today, these long days are getting to be easier, started taking longer breaks mid day and that really helps my feet a lot. Took today's lunch break at Mr. Ranger's HQ. Called Dominos to order a pizza and a salad. It got there in 23 minutes. Had another thuderstorm today. That's 5 days running now. Still haven't really caught in one yet. They don't last long but they are quite violent. Sitting 5 miles out of Atkins, VA. Heading there to resupply & shower, etc. tomorrow. Moonshot --------------------------------------------------- The winter sun reflects the crystal composition of an early evening snowfall framed through an arch of bent tree limbs.
05/12/93, Day 046, Mile 0526.15/12/93, Mile 526.1, Day 46 Village Motel, AT, VA --- Short day, did laundry, showered and re-supplied. Staying at this motel tonight resting up from doing [25,75?] miles in 4 hiking days as well as the 90 mile stretch to Pearlsburg. My cheezy waterbag gave out so I have a new one waiting there as well as a new set of gaiters from "OR" because the ones I have are defective. Raining really hard now and thunderstorms are expected for the next few days so I expect to get pretty wet. The shelters are pretty far apart so I'll have to do lots of wet miles. Moonshot --- The front of the postcard features 2 shots of the Village Motel & restaurant, which illustrates the simple beauty of, early 60's architecture. It's easy to see why Ger is doing this trip ;-);-) An hand-drawn arrow points to the first room to the left of the Office, which I assume means this is where Ger got to shower and rest up.
05/13/93, Day 047, Mile 0539.95/13/93, Mile 539.9, Day 47 Knot Maul Shelter, AT, VA Passed the 1/4 mark today!!! Celebrated by packing in two beers. On a six month pace but that's with taking 7 days off and also factoring in conditioning the next 1/4 should go by faster. The rhododendrons should be blooming soon and the woods should be ablaze with the blossoms. Trying to get the weather on the radio but all I can get is the usual evangelism, C+W, and, get this, Wheel of Fortune!? How the hell do you play "WOF" on the radio? I usually get NPR but not here for some reason. Don't care to hear the news today anyways. No weather but it surely looks like rain. moonshot ----- Picture on the front of the Blue Ridge Mountains with a farmhouse. Caption talks about how the wilderness has been preserved. Gerry notes the satellite dish at the farmhouse. :-)
05/14/93, Day 048, Mile 0559.75/14/93, mile 559.7, day 48 Jenkins Shelter, AT, Va. Pretty tired today, started the day off with a 2000' climb up to an open ridge. Absolutely great views down into a farm valley. The afternoon portion of the hike was almost 10 miles of up and down over a boulder strewn, sawtooth ridge. My feet are lik e raw hamburger tonight. You take the good with the bad, though still managed to good time despite the battered feet and inaccurate maps. This shelter does have interesting psychedelic murals on the outhouse. Either that, or i'm more tired than i thought . moonshot postmarked roanoke, va. 19may picture of new river, valley and rapids. caption: the wild and scenic new river, one of the world's oldest rivers, and perhaps the oldest, winds its way north from north carolina into the mountains of virginia. it flows east of wytheville and pulaski, then through radford, pearlsburg, and narrows and into west virginia.
5/15/93, Mile 574.0, Day 48Helveys Mills Shelter, AT, VA --- Boy, it just doesn't get better than this. Today was *IT*. Nothing special, just a nice relaxing day. Left the last shelter late, took my own sweet time hiking, had a nice long afternoon siesta and I'm just kicking back to a nice campfire right now. Some days I like putting in the miles and some days, like today, and so relaxed and dreamlike I just float through them. I'll take one of these days any day, they make the whole trip worthwhile. Saw a few deer, one not too far from the shelter. Nice spot here: no view but there's a symphony of sound--birds singing to the sunset to my right, a pileated woodpecker banging on a hollow tree in front, and owls in the ravine to the left. -- *IT* moonshot The caption: "Virginia Appalachian Sunrise -- A golden sun garcefully rises above the mountains, painting the sky vivid shades of red and yellow. Layers of early morning fog nestled in the valleys below await its burning warmth." (Can't add anything to that--describes the front photo perfectly)
05/16/93, Day 049, Mile 0596.8this one came in a couple of days ago... postmark Roanoke VA on 5-19... picture has a pretty shot of two backpakers walking along a split rail fence past a flowering rhododendron... along the bottom it sez "Appalachian Trail along the Blue Ridge Mountains"... the back sez "the appalachina trail winds across the panoramic highlands of the shenandoah national park in the blue ridge mountains, taking the hiker along a popular 95 mile segment that closely parallels the entire length of the skyline drive. Beautiful blooming rhododenron and delicate wildflowers greet the early summer trekkers pictured here." it also sez the at is 2135 miles from Maine to Georgia... Ger has crossed it out and replaced it with "2,147.3 miles DAMMIT!"
5/16/93 Mile 596.8 Day 49Wapiti Shelter, AT, VA "Nice 23 mile day today. Packed in a couple of pints of beer from the store down below. Life is good, I'm relaxed. Saw 5 deer since getting here. I guess that's why they call it "wapiti shelter." Nice swimming hole but we're inthe midst of our daily thunderstorm and i don't feel like taunting higher deities by doing the backstroke in the pond when they have lightning bolts at thier disposal. There's only 2 of us here. I guess if I keep up the big miles I can keep ahead of the pack of hikers not far behind. There's a bazillion screech owls here. They need to *RELAX*! :^) Moonshot"
05/17/93, Day 050, Mile 0610.5picture: New River Valley, Virginia blurb: The wild and scenic New River, one of the world's oldest rivers, and perhaps the oldest, winds its way north from North Carolina into the mountains of Virginia. It flows east of Wytheville and Pulaski, then through Radford, Pearisburg, and Narrows and into West Virginia.
5/17/93 mile 610.5 day 50Camped on ledge on Pearis Mtn., AT, VA Mice chewed through the ankle of one leg of my rainpants last night. Two holes about the size of a quarter. I never heard of mice eating Gore-tex before. Patched them up, not really a show stopper, but I'm ticked off. Camped in a nice spot on a ledge overlooking the valley on the reverse of this card. I'm about 2 miles out of Pearisburg where I'll take the day off tomorrow for laundry, shower, and resupply. I'm going to call Marmot about getting my pants repaired also, they might send me a loaner pair while mine get fixed. Anyways, after 90 miles in 5 days, I need a rest. Moonshot
05/18/93, Day 051, Mile 0613.0just in...post card w/ map of AT on front w/ "I AM Here--->" written on it, back of card is crossed off, did read Stacks Roan Mt. Motel and Restaurant and in place reads "I'm not here anymore but this is where I got shot." card itself reads: 5/18/93 mile 613.0 day 51 plaza motel, pearisburg? VA It's a rest chore day. Pleasant town and the residents are friendly, but I may have a tough time sleeping in a bed with city type noises going on. Not that this is a big city, pop. 2500. Cut all my hair off as well as my beard (kept the moustache) Hair's about 1/2 inch long now. Needed it. Too uncomfortable hiking 18-20 miles a day with long hair. Many of the women I've met (thru-hikers) have cut their hair even shorter than that. Got heavy rain coming for the next few days. :-( Had my summer sleeping bag sent here so my pack is now even lighter. So far have been able to keep stuff dry. Some folks still have problems with that :-) Moonshot
05/19/93, Day 052, Mile 0617.05/19/93, Mile 617.0 (or something like that) Day 52, non-descript campsite, Peter's Mtn. AT, VA Hiked just 4 miles out of town today (ie Pearisburg). It's rainy and we're the only 2 idiots who left today. So I'm cooped up in my tent, cooking dinner and writing letters. There'll be a lot of people leaving tomorrow so it's good to be a little bit ahead. The 2700' climb up will slow 'em down a little. :-) Left without an eating utensil for the next 5-6 days. :-( Don't have much to make a spoon with. Maybe cut a film can in half and attach it to a stick with a bandage :-/ The rain stopped, time to stretch my legs. (No rain, no Maine) Mmonshot GA -> ME '93 PS - The AT has been going thru lots of cow pastures since I hit Virginia. :-/ PPS - Made an eating utensil from parts of the plastic microscope I got in my Captain Crunch (with Crunchberries :-). It'll have to do.
05/20/93, Day 053, Mile 0635.95/20/93, mile 635.9, day 53 bailey gap shelter, at, va ----- 19 mile day today. hiked partly in west virginia along the border on the ridge. pretty cold all day and getting colder now as the sun goes down. and i sent my warm sleeping bag home, too. at least i can't freeze my asss off cuz there ain't much left to it after hiking 636 miles. :-) hiking between groups again - lots of folks behind not too much people ahead. didn't see anyone all day. had afun 1700' climb up to the shelter to end the day. dropped off the ridge on the other side of the road via 52 bazillion switchbacks at about a 2% grade only to climb back up on this side wiht _no_ switchbacks. typical day :-/ moonshot, GA->ME (postmark undecipherable) OBVERSE: Appalachian Trial (map), with a penned in "I AM HERE", arrow pointing to just S of Roanoke, sort of where Jefferson Nat. Forest ends and George Washington Nat. Forest begins. Don't know if it was significant, but he pointed to the W side of the trail.
05/21/93, Day 054, Mile 0649.8Handwritten Note ---------------- 5/21/93, Mile 649.8, Day 54 Laurel Creek Shelter, AT, VA 14 mile day. Thought the group out of Pearlsburg would catch up but they never made it past the last shelter. As a result there's 4 of us here and ten at the last one. Tomorrow is a distance day for me so I'll be able to keep a day away from two big groups ahead and behind. It's not that I'm unsociable but I just think that 10-12 people at a shelter is a bit too much. The terrain has been weird. I've been heading northeast and seem to be crossing perpendicular to a series of parallel ridges. So there's a lot of steep up and down lately. Another cold night tonight. Hoping for warm weather soon. Moon Shot Printed Note ------------ Love from Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains; Manassas National Battlefield Park; The Cascades; Virginia Beach Front of Card ------------- Pictured the above-described scenery inside each of the letters of LOVE.
05/22/93, Day 055, Mile 0672.5Postcard is a map of the AT with "I am here" written in near Roanoke. 5/22/93, Mile 672.5, Day 55 Campsite near Pickle Branch Shelter, AT, VA 23 mile day - 3 ridge cuts, 2 ridge runs and lots of rocks. Put some distance between us and the big group behind only to catch up with "Little John" and "Revie" - the 2 worse snorers out on the trail. So we camped in a great campsite on a stream just behind the shelter. Got to hand it to the Roanoke ATC trail maintainers. They did some nice work on an otherwise grueling section. Passed the site where Audie Murphy died in a plane crash. moonshot
05/23/93, Day 056, Mile 0686.1Mailed 5/26 Roanoke, VA 5/23/93, mile 686.1, Day 56 Campsite near catawba Mtn. Shelter AT, VA Great hiking day (14 miles). Yogi'd coffee in the morning from the train maintainer and beer in the afternoon in a parking lot. (Gave it away to "Pilgrim", I had 2 in my pack :-). Awesome views from Dragon's Tooth. Beautiful hike as well (14 mile days usualy are kinda lax :-). Hit a general store for lunch for sandwiches, beer & ice cream. Then packed up beer and chili dog fixin's for supper. Life is good (after living in the woods for 2 months, I'm easy to please :-). Watched two deer eating a late afternoon meal near the spring for a while. Saw another in a cow pasture. Saw a Brazillion lizard Dragon's Tooth. I think they were chameleons. Moon Shot written on a 3-1/2 x 7-1/2 green map of the Applachian Trail
05/24/93, Day 057, Mile 0699.7Mile 699.7, Day 57, Hayrock, VA. Dated 5/24, mailed 5/26. Old Rag Mountain, Skyline Drive, VA (picture of deep rolling hills of virginny) Caption: Located near milepost 46, just east of Skyland tourist center, Old Rag Mountain rises to an elevation of 3,268'. [snide left-coast comment: 3K feet makes a mountain? :-)] Even though Old Rag is considered a part of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenendoah National Park, its peak lies several miles east of the main ridge. Front: Most of the Blue Ridge slopes have a mantle of soil and are wooded to the top, but Old Rag is an exception. Along its rugged ridge line is much bare rock on which only lichens grow. A favorite destination for experienced hikers, Old Rag's summit requires energetic rock scrambling but reward with magnificent vistas. Cone-shaped Robertson Mountain stands in front of Old Rag. Gerry's words: Gave moonshot the day off today. Just felt like letting rambozo have a turn. Life's too short to have only one trailname. :-) One of the best days yet. Superb views from McAfee Knob, even better views from Tinker Cliffs, plus a bit of "Trail Magic" (TM) -- beer, soda, and treats lefts for thru-hikers at Campbell shelter by a former thru-hiker. Ended up camping near Hay Rock -- neat rock formation just outside of town. Just a *real good* day. Besides, any day that someone else inadvertently carries your rubber chicken can't be bad. :-) -Rambozo
05/26/93, Day 059, Mile 0714.8Virginia, Enchanted Forest. Virginia abounds with many inviting state, regional and national park and forest recreational areas. Getting back to nature is easy in Virginia. Pictured here is an early morning setting in the George Washinton National Forest. Card Postmarked June 1, 1993, Tryo, Va. 5/26/93, Mile 714.8, Day 60 Wilson Creek Shelter., AT, VA Appropriately enough, I'm at the 1/3 mark on day 60. That balances out to a 6 month pace although I should finish sooner. Only three of us here and we're only a couple shelters north of town. Some stayed in town for another day of AYCE restaurants, others headed to the third shelter out. Me, with 7 days food, am happy to stay here. I do hate days when I hike less than 15 miles though but will make it up hiking 20 tomorrow. Besides, I need to get some letter writing done and I just can't seem to do that in town. Moonshot, GA->ME '93
05/27/93, Day 060, Mile 0734.45/27/93 Mile 734.4, Day 60 Bryant Ridge Shelter, AT, VA ---------------------------- 20 miler today. Crossed the Blue Ridge Parkway for the first of many times. Yogi potential was low. Not a lot of tourists out yet. Should be out in droves this weekend. Ran into "LOWRIDER" for the first time in a month. He flip-flopped up to Waynesboro and hiked south after traildays. We're trying to find a Steely Dan tour schedule to see if they're playing close by. Awesome shelter, brand new, probably sleeps 30, has four levels. Moonshot PEAKS OF OTTER Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia The famous twin peaks at 4,000' eleveation, near milepost 86 along the Blue Ridge Parkway, overlook Bedford, Virginia. A boulder from atop the peaks was place in Washington, D.C. in the Washington Monument in- scribed "From Virginia's loftiest peak to Virginia's noblest son". "Saw this view today. Photo is reversed you'll have to use a mirror to view it properly. :-) "
05/29/93, Day 062, Mile 0770.0A picture of mountains, mist, and trees. Shenandoah -- the mystical name conjures up thoughts of peace and the desire to discover secrets long forgotten. Virginia's Shenandoah National Park has nearly 280 square miles of land set aside that allows travelers to make new discoveries about their world, while running the rapids of the Shenandoah River allows canoeists to make new discoveries about themselves. 5/29/93, mile 770.0, day 62 Punchbowl Shelter, AT, VA 19 AT miles today. Add the 2.5 mile worng turn and that made for an impromptu 21.5 day. The turn wasn't marked and I just kept on going straight up the mountain until I ran out of trail. :-/ Took 3 dips today. It was pretty hot out. Camped out next to the shelter by a pond full of 3 kinds of frogs. And boy are they LOUD. Sounds kind of cool, though. The shelter is supposed to be haunted by the ghost of "Little Ottie." No sign of him yet. Can't hear him over the frogs anyways. :-) Moonshot GA -> ME '93
05/30/93, Day 063, Mile 0784.5mailed 1 june 1993 5/30/93 mile 784.5, day 63 Cow Camp Gap Shelter, AT, VA Had a most excellent birthday today. Met a woman just before leaving Punchbowl Shelter who slackpacked myself, Acid and Sherpani 12 miles to US 60 and she gave me a 6-pack of beer, hotdogs, Snickers and cake when we picked up our packs again. Now that's what I call "Trail Magic"! I should probably thank my Guardian Bozo (TM) for today. After all it was his birthday too! B^) Thanks to Phyliss for the present. I shared it with my fellow slackpackers. == Moonshot One of Virginia's many beautiful waterfalls, Crabtree Falls can be found off the Blue Ridge Parkway in the George Washington National picture of a pastoral wooded scene with Crabtree Falls gurgling down the cliffs.
05/31/93, Day 064, Mile 0800.8postmarked Jun 1, 1993, Tyro VA... 5/31/93, Mile 800.8, day 64, The Priest Shelter, AT, VA 16.4 mile day. Passed the 800 mile mark today. Pretty easy day for me today. Some of the others had a tough day, though. That's how it seems to go. Here with Acid, Sheupani (yargh, I need the Ger decryption system..%^), Uphill Bill, Cronut (yargh again...), Mudpuppy and Beam. There's also a Secret Service Agent and an IRS Special Agent here who are out hiking for a few days. They stayed with us last night also but it took them 3 more hours to get here :-) They're OK for federal agents :-) Moonshot Postcard: The Devil's Backbone, at Blue Ridge Parkway milestone 143.9, is a knife-like rock spur jutting between Pine Spur and the Overlook. Only a few trees and shrubs maintain a perilous hold along the spine of the Devil. On the right is Grassy Hill, hiding the growing town of Rocky Mount, Va., and on the left is Cahas Knob, while straight away is the long view of the Blackwater Valley. Such beautiful country....
06/01/93, Day 065, Mile 0814.4got this from Ger a few days ago. The front is an amazing picture of.. nothing. (plain white postal card) 6/1/93, Mile 814.4, Xxxxx'x Xxxx Xxxx Xxxxxx, Xxxxxxxxx, VA Day 65 14 mile day but headed into the hamlet of Tyro for a short term resupply and to call Gregory for a new pack harness. The old one is a little flat in the padding. It turns out that the store just got a shipment of Ben & Jerry's so I pigged out on some Cherry Garcia. I wish I could get that more often because I flew up the 2500' climb out of the valley in no time. When I got to Maupin Field Shelter I decided to head down to "xxx xxxxxx". I'm glad I did. Within 5 minutes of arriving, I was photographed for the '93 thru-hiker mural, fed 2 plates of food and handed a cold beer. This place is the coolest thru-hiker hang out on the trail. I'll probably hang out for a couple of days off. I haven't had a full day off for over 500 miles. Moonshot
06/02/93, Day 066, Mile 0832.8plain-vanilla postcard, postmarked Charlottesville VA 229 PM 09 JUN 1993 6/21/93, MIle 832.8, Day 66, Xxxxx'x Xxxxxxx Xxxxxx, Xxxxxxxxx, VA -------- Slackpacked today. Got left off at Rockfish Gap and hiked the 21 miles back to here. So much for a day off, but at least I slackpacked. Took a cold shower (there's no electricity here), ate more good food and partied in the wood-fired hot tub with "Hippy Dad", Cindy, and "Soley" of the "She-Wolves". Doesn't get any better. Opened up my birthday presents & shot off all the fireworks I got. (Thanks, I think, for the "Inflatable Trail Companion" It seems to have found a home here). There's lots to do here, darts, skeet shooting, ping pong. It's a through hiker only hangout although Xxxxx lets a few long distance cyclists stay here as well. It's the kind of place you want to come back to, and it'll be tough to leave. Some of the thru-hikers have been here more than a week. :-) Moonshot
06/03/93, Day 067, Mile 0832.86/3/93 mile 832.8, Day 67, Xxxx Xxxx Xxxxxx, Xxxxxxxxx, VA (photo: whiteout. must have been snowing 8^) This is the first of my two days off. It'll be my 3rd night at Xxxxx'x but I hiked the other two days. Went to town to drop off my Limmers at the cobblers. The soles are starting to separate at the toes. Having my water bottle holder sewed as well. Went to the outfitters to pick up my shoulder harness but gregory sent out the wrong ones. You'd think that they'd know what the heck a "classic cassin" is since they made them for over 16 years, but they keep sending parts for 1993 model packs. Spent the day doing general maintenance things on my gear as well as hand washing all of my clothes. This place, rustic as it is, is always home to through-hikers. Xxxxx has even provided in his will to keep this place for hikers after he's gone. Moonshot
06/05/93, Day 069, Mile 0839.8Postmark: Charlottesville, VA, 9 June 1993 Stamp: Bambi -------------------------------------------------------------------- Front: "Old Rag Mountain" lovely autumn vista in foreground, mountain in profile, with blue sky and a few puffy clouds. Caption: Old Rag View Overlook, elevation 3,585 feet, milepost 46.5. The profile of Old Rag Mountain is one of the most recognizable Mountains in the Shenandoah National Park. Across the road at the North end of the overlook is a single Yucca, which may be the only one in the Park. It sends up a flower stalk every four or five years. -------------------------------------------------------------------- 6/5/93, Mile 839.8, Day 69 Calf Mountain Shelter, AT, VA Killer thunderstorm last night. Sat on the porch in the hollow watching the lightning flash everywhere. One of the best lightshows I've seen yet. Not much sleep last night. Didn't start hiking until 2:00 today and only did 7 miles. Really enjoyed the two days off. I really needed it. The new pack harness Gregory sent really makes a difference in comfort. The boot repair didn't last. It's already coming apart. Hoping to make it to Harper's Ferry. Hopefully my spare boots are re-soled and waiting for me. - Moonshot
06/06/93, Day 070, Mile 0860.2Postcard pictures 'Sharp Top Mt.', El. 3875 ft. and 'Flat Top Mt.', El. 4001 ft. 06/06/93, Day 070, Mile 0860.2 Loft Mountain Campground, AT, VA Well, the thing I feared the second-most happened. My spare boots did not get fixed and I realy need them BADLY. I'll have to have them sent down as is and hope that they'll make it until my Limmers get fixed. Hopefully I don't hurt my Limmers beyond the point where the can be repaired, and hopefully my spare, unrepaired boots make it to Harper's Ferry before I do. As you can tell, I'm *NOT* a happy camper. Moonshot P.S. 4 deer outside my tent right now.
06/08/93, Day 072, Mile 0894.86/8/93, Mile 894.8, Day 72, Big Meadows C.G., SNP, AT, VA (USPS postcard, no picture) Another killer thunderstorm last night. We got an early start because of the high humidity (I've been hiking with Bigfoot the last couple of days). Managed to put in 20 miles but the humidity was killer. I've never sweat that much in my life. Easily dropped 8 pounds in sweat today alone. (Gained it back by chugging 1/2 gallon of water when I got here). Believe me, hiking and sweating like this every day, you lose _pounds_ of water that needs to be replenished. Took a _HOT!_ shower for the first time in 2 weeks and could barely walk out of the stall due to being too relaxed. Ate a huge prime rib for dinner at the lodge. Really needed _that._ Then went to the taproom where a couple bought us 4 beers. A "Yogi" is a nice way to end the day. Cool and breezy now. All my stuff is dry!! Moonshot
06/09/93, Day 073, Mile 0913.3Plain white USPS prestamped postcard. Postmarked 11 June, Charlottesville VA. 6.9.93, Mile 913.3, Day 73. Pass Mt. Hut, SNP, AT VA. 18.5 mile day. Caught up with seven folks today, left five behind yesterday. Managed yet again to pull into a shelter before the thunderstorm hit. There's a deer 20 feet in front of the shelter right now. Make that 4 feet away. Had a big lunch in Skyland today and a big dinner at Panorama. A welcome change over the usual fare. Got 2 short 13-14 mile days comming up into Front Royal, where I'll take 1/2 day off for shower/laundrey there. A bad tick problem here. I pulled two off and everyone else had at least one. The stretch ahead is rumored to have the worst ticks on the trail. It passes by the national zoo compound. I'm hoping to see some exotic animals along the fence. Haven't seen a bear yet, but Bigfoot saw 4 in the last 2 days. Lots of bear scat around though. Moonshot
06/10/93, Day 074, Mile 0925.4Plain white generic post card, postmarked 19 JUN 1993 from Martinsburg, WV 6/10/93, Mile 925.4, Day 74, Gravel Springs Hut, SNP, AT, VA ------------- 13 mile day, major zollygagging with a 3 hour lunch at Elkwallow Wayside. It was either do 26 miles or 13 miles. I opted for 13. No sense in killing myself since I'll be in Front Royal tomorrow anywas. The difference being getting into town early in the morning or late morning. There's no place to camp legally here in the SNP. Just finished reading "Rising Sun". You can't believe how hard it is to find books out here. I haven't seen a bookstore since leaving home. Maybe I can get another book in Front Royal. Doubt there's a bookstore there though. I refuse to stoop to reading western's or romance novels. :-( It's also tough to find one small enough and light enough to pack. Moonshot (over ->) PS - There's a wood rat in the shelter and it cleared 4 people out. :-) There's probably been one in every shelter since springer but the mere sight of one makes people flee. :-) I'm the only one left (where the rat is). I'll probably move down below, there's plenty of room, now. :-) It's up here near me. Not a very threatening creature. Nothing to lose sleep over. (Now I know how to clear space in a shelter real quick :-)
06/11/93, Day 075, Mile 0939.9Generic white postcard, postmarked 6/16... place off edge of card. 6/11/93, Mile 939.9, Day 75, Center City Motel, Front Royal, VA ----- Finally out of the Shenandoah. Crossing Skyline Drive 5 times a day was a real drag. In Front Royal to resupply, do laundry and call limmer to get the scoop on fixing my boots. Had Chinese food for the first time (lunch) on the trip, seafood for the first time (boiled, spiced shrimp and salmon for dinner). Also had my first local microbrew (Koelich[sp] maerzen, a washington DC beer brewed in Utica, NY) Although it was light bodied for a Maerzen, it was nice to have something with some damn hops in it for a change (so I had six of them :-). Watched the Bosox get whomped 17-2 by the Orioles. Some things never change. Only 3 more days and I'll be thru VA. In less than a week, I'll be thru WV and MD as well Moon Shot GA > ME '93
06/12/93, Day 076, Mile 0945.26/12/93, Mile 945.2, Day 76 Denton Shelter, AT, VA Well, didn't get too far out of town today--only 5.3 miles. Nice spot here, decided to stay. It's a shelter with a patio, picnic pavillion, bench and a spring-fed shower. Been here a couple of hours and there's no one else around, so I'm just hanging out reading "Congo" by Michael Chichton and plotting out how to make up the time I'm spending here by lollygagging... :-) Passed the National Zoological Society's compound, kinda neat seeing African varmints along the A.T. The signs says "Trespassers will be eaten!" :-) Moonshot Postcard depicts 12 "wildflowers of the Blue Ridge."
06/13/93, Day 077, Mile 0964.3Rod Hollow Shelter, AT, VA 6/13/93, Mile 964.3, Day 77 Spent the day lollygagging on a 19 mile hike. Took two hour long breaks plus another hour and a half for supper at papa nicks, a roadhouse near the trail. Ate lasagna, beer, milkshake, and a 3-scoop, 3-cake strawberry shortcake before crawling up the last 3.5 miles to the shelter. Evidence of bears here, but they seem to be everywhere these days. Moonshot GA->ME '93 --- Front of card says "Appalachian Trail along the Blue Ridge Mountains" Picture of rhododendron with hikers heading down the path.
06/14/93, Day 078, Mile 0981.8Front: Wildflowers Of The Blue Ridge [lots of nice pictures of flowers, including a very pleasing one of a 5 pointed ref flower.] Back: Wildflowers of the Blue Ridge Black-eyed Susan, Fire Pink, Phlox, Bull Thistle, Turk's Cap Lily, Columbine, Great Mullein, Butterfly Weed, Flame Azalea, Small Red Morning Glory, Chicory, Trumpet Vine 6/14/93, Mile 981.8, Day 78 Blackburn AT Center, AT, VA ---------------------------- Only did 17 miles today but that included 17 ascents and 17 descents in that distance. I was beginning to get FLASHBACKS of Georgia :-) Pretty rugged section although we weren't at very high elevations. Stayed here at the Blackburn AT Center--A house with a big screened in porch, a cabin, campsites, hiker's hostel and a solar-panel heated shower that's free for Thru- Hikers. Great Place! Only 11.8 miles before I'm done with Virginia. Should be in pennsylvania by the end of the week. Moonshot
06/15/93, Day 079, Mile 0993.6This is going in late but better than never. Post marked Jun 28, 1993 This is a photo not a postcard. View of a very nice stream with whitewater. Knarly granite walls form a cool looking cliff. Lots of greenery. Laurel Fork Gorge, AT, TN 6/15/93 Mile 993.6 Day 79 Harper's Ferry, WVA Hiked 12 miles into Harper's Ferry to the ATC Headquarters. Got photographed for the archives and weighed. I lost 35 pounds and my pack (without food and water and fuel) weighs 32lbs. So basically I weigh less *with* my pack than I did when I started. (Until I put food, etc. in it.) Realistically though my back & knees know the weight is there. Staying at a hotel on a cliff overlooking the Potomac. First night to myself since I started. Moonshot GA -> ME '93
06/16/93, Day 080, Mile 0995.6photo of an old farm near helvey's mill, at 6/16/93 mile 995.6, day 80, sandy hook, md. ------------------------------------------- hiked a whole 1.5 miles today, seems reasonable to me B^) after all, i *did* finish up west virginia. the rumor is that only 800 started the at this year. most are behind me (i'm in the front 70-80 hikers). pack's pretty heavy now that i resupplied for 7 days -- that's 4000 calories of food per day. they say that's twice the calories a marathoner burns during a race. that's the equivalent energy of running 2 marathons a day, or about 330 marathons in the 5 1/2 months it'll take me to do the trip. YIKES!! (or should i say ``har!'' B^) of course, today i expended the total energy of watching a marathon on tv B^) moon shot
06/17/93, Day 081, Mile 1011.3From ger, received several days ago, postmarked 6/28 Harrisburg, PA: (written by ger on back of photo): Photo: Helvey's Mill (on left), Kimberling Creek, AT, VA 6/17/93, mile 1011.3, Day 81, Dahlgeen Campsite, AT, MD Passed to 1000 mile mark today ! Hikes 17 miles up from the potomac. Staying here at a state run back packers campsite with HOT! showers - that's *4* showers in *one* week ! The previous average was one shower per week (am I hygenically correct, yet ? :-) Lots of historical significance on the trail today. Civil war trenches, battlegrounds etc. Also hikes on the C&O Canal towpath for a while as well. It's pretty interesting to travel the same routes as the armies and to look out over the same views that the generals used. Moonshot Thanks, ger !
06/18/93, Day 082, Mile 01034.4Note: ger sent me a photo, not a postcard, and the PO didn't damage the front! Photo: Laurel Falls, Laurel Fork Gorge, AT, TN (some falls among trees) 6/18/93, Mile 1034.4, Day 82, Penmr (?), MD, AT "Hiked 22 miles in 90^ temps, in 98% humidity. Remind me not to do _that_ again. :-( Summer's just about here and I got to save the high milage (sic) days for the cool days. Got sodas from someone at the park and Mr. Ranger said we can bivvy in thee pic-a-nic shelter after dark. Met two pretty local gals and they brought us into town for Ben & Jerry's. They hung out with us for a while after the park closed and asid they'd meet us tomorrow at our next shelter and cook dinner and bring us beers. I'm really starting to get used to this thru-hiker thang. :-) Moonshot"
06/19/93, Day 083, Mile 1042.46/19/93, Mile 1042.4, Day 83 Tumbling Run Shelter, AT, PA (Postmarked 6/28/93) Front: "Appalachian Trail along the Blue Ridge Mountains" -- pic of a green hillside, covered with trees. There is a beautiful rhododendron bush in full bloom in the foreground, and a wooden fence coming out behind it. Two thru-hikers can be seen beside the fence. "Major lolly gagging today. Only hiked 7.8 miles. It was hot, humid and in the 90's, but I took 3 dips to cool off. Despite a late afternoon thunderstorm, the ladies we met last night did indeed show up here tonight bearing two pizzas and an ice cold case of Rolling Rock longnecks - welcome to PA!! Nothing can make a thru-hiker lollygag quite like two pretty women bearing beer _and_ food! We promptly dubbed them "the beer goddesses" and they are 2 of the most wonderful, together people I've met so far on my trip. Nothing brightens up a thru-hiker's day like trail magic. I'll never forget them. Moonshot" Back caption: The Appalachian Trail winds across the panoramic highlands of the Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains, taking the hiker along a popular 95 mile segment that closely parallels the entire length of the Skyline Drive. Beautiful blooming rhododendron and delicate wildflowers greet the early-summer trekkers pictured here.
06/20/93, Day 084, Mile 1054.3Photo of wild ponies, including a foal, Grayson Highlands, Virginia 6/20/93, Mile 1054.3, Day 84 (Boy, that took a long time to get here!) "Another hot and humid day. Hiked 10 miles in just under 3 hours to go to the public pool at Caledonia State Park and spent the afternoon basking at poolside with my thru'-hikers's tan - white ankles, white belly, white back. The pool was great. This is the cleanest I`ve been in weeks :-/ Still trying to kill time so that I end up in Duncannon on Thursday, and thanks to the "beer goddesses" and the day at the pool, everything will time out nicely. Hiked another 2.5 miles and just managed to find a campsite and set up my tent before the thunderstorm hit. Moonshot"
06/21/93, Day 085, Mile 1071.7photo: Farmland At, VA 6/21/93, 1071.7, day 85 Pine Grove, Pa (postmark Harrisburg PA) "An easy 17 mile day, fairly level terrain, only took 5.5 hours. Staying at the Ironmaster Hostel, an old mansion built in 1827. Just beat another storm logging in. Spent 1/2 hour in the jaccuzi to celebrate the 1.2 way point (still got another 1.5 miles to go though) Bought some glue for my boots but don't think it will work. The soles are too far gone. So I'll guess I'll have to flap my way for another 193 miles until I can pick up my spare boots (they are in worse shape) in New Jersey. Most folks are on their second pair of boots now. Not me though by the time I send mine to Limmer (NJ) and get them back, I'll be in COnn. :-( :-( :-( Moonshot"
06/22/93, Day 086, Mile 1054.3Arrived earlier in the week - a photograph. "Photo: Watauga Lake, AT, TN" "Boiling Springs, AT, PA, 6/22/93, Mile 1054.3 Day 86" "Passed the 1/2 way point toady! Celebrated by eating 1/2 gallon of ice cream during lunch at a general store. Finally found an empty spot to leave the register I've been carrying snce Waynesboro - in the 1/2 way register box. Probably the best location to leave one. Hopefully, someone will mail it back to me when it is full. Finally passed of the blueridge mountains that I've been following since springer. Went to a tavern built in the 1700's for beer and food. Turned out that the had 2 microbrews that I've never had before, nice way to end a great day" Moonshot.
06/23/93, Day 087, Mile 1106.4Scribed on the back of a 3x5 photo: Darlington Shelter, AT, PA. 6.23.93 Mile 1106.4, Day 87. Photo: Wild ponies and the Cheerios [the two hikers pictured i'll assume] Grayson Highlands, AT, VA. 15 mile day today that felt like 5. Hiked thru the Cumberland valley, and I'm up in the ridges that'll take me into NJ. Passed by a house with two women out mowing the lawn and they waved me over for a cold microbrew. Turned out to be an ATC house for trail workers. Except for Bigfoot, everyone I've hiked with so far is behind me now. Perhaps by taking 3 days off in D.C. they'll catch up. That'll be great because there's some fun people back there. I don't feel a need to take thosedays off, but I haven't seen any of my friends since I started so it'll be great seeing them. Moonshot
06/24/93, Day 088, Mile 1117.86/24/93 Mile 1117.8 Day 88 The Doyle Hotel, Duncannon, PA ------------------- Got my first taste of the infamous Pennsylvania rocks today. Not bad actually, just slow and tedious getting through them. Had a run-in with a "HUGE" rattlesnake. Biggest one I've ever seen. He had 2 inches of rattle on him. Spent the rest of the afternoon doing laundry and trying to figure out how to get to D.C. tomorrow. Spent the evening drinking 60 cent Yeungling dark drafts at the Doyle - a threw (sic) hiker institution. Just another run down cheezy, $10 hotel room. It's got character, I've gotta give it that much. Moonshot **************************************************** The front of the postcard has a picture of Pennsylvania with the magor cities and highways labeled, and a picture of the state bird (Ruffed Grouse), state flag and state flower (Mountain Laurel). I grew up in PA, so this picture post card is *it* for me!
06/25/93, Day 089, Mile 1117.8postcard is a sunset shot of the Lincoln Memorial in DC 6/25/93, mile 1117.8, day 89 Washington, DC Zero milage day (trailwise) as I went to DC for the weekend for the Dead shows, sightseeing, and to visit friends. Hitched to Harrisburg to take the bus in, but when I got there, the bus was ready to leave and the driver wouldn't wait. Another driver told me to get on his bus and we headed the first bus off at the pass so I was able to make it after all. The show was a welcome change although I was a bit overwhelmed by culture shock after being in the woods for 3 months. Ran into quite a few people I knew. Moonshot
06/26/93, Day 090, Mile 1117.86/26/93, Mile 1117.8, Day 90, Wash, DC Did some sightseeing in DC today. Visited the Lincoln Memorial, the Wall and the Air and Space Museum. had an excellent lunch at the Omni Hotel and spent another night a tthe RFK Dead shows. Decided to ride in to the show with REB just to add some excitement to my stay in DC. I must say he didn't let me down. [ must've been a "RENTAL" :-) sn] I've never seen a traffic ticket before for "driving thru a barricade". :-) Had good fun at the shows, but I'm itching to hike. Moonshot Postcard is a Smithsonian Inst. special, of the National Air and Space Museum, an aerial shot, of course :-)!
06/27/93, Day 091, Mile 1117.86/27/93, mile 1117.8, day 91 The Doyle, AT, Duncannon, PA ---------------------------- Back at the Doyle after Big Fun in D.C. Got some catching up to do as I lost 3 hiking days, but that's not a big deal. Going to try for my first 30 tomorrow but it's in one of the infamous PA rocks sections. We'll see. I'm psyched and ready to hike but the rocks'll be a challenge. I'm not about to let the rocks psyche me out, but this probably isn't the sanest section to try to pull a 30 mile day. Nevertheless, I'm ready ro rock and roll. MoonShot P.S. I actually posted to the net today. Front: Aerial view of the U.S. Capitol with Washington D.C. in the background.
06/30/93, Day 093, Mile 1186.9NOTE: This one made it to England by today (7/6/93) Albert Einstein's response when asked to smile --------------- for his birthday, Princeton, 1951 ----------------PORT CLINTON Claire| Photograph by Art Sasse | WORLDPOST | JUL Chennault| |US Postal Service| |1 USA 40| 6/30/93, Mile 1186.9, Day 93 | | AM Flying Tigers| Port Clinton, PA | PAR AVION | 1993 1940s| ----------------------------------| AIR MAIL | 19549------------ ROCKS, ROCKS, ROCKS!!! ----------------- MILES of them. Well, maybe only | 17. :-/ My feet are like hamburgers, | especially after days of 30 + n | miles, the bad part is, there's | even more rocks up ahead, only | 5 more days and I can send my boots | in to get fixed. They aren't holding | up too well and the sole flaps | keep catching on the rocks. I'll be | SUFFOLK walking on the midsoles soon. Short | day tomorrow as I have to go in | ENGLAND, UK to Hamburg for a resupply, staying | in the town pavillion tonight. Had an | IP13 9DD awesome cheesburger (HUGE!) for dinner| and a few 50c yeungling drafts! Moon | Shot (arrived this morning - nice one, Moon Shot :-) -------------------------
07/01/93, Day 094, Mile 1186.97/1/93, mile 1186.9, day 94 Hamburg, PA --------------------------- Came into town, decided to take the day off. I was only going to hike 6 miles today anyways. Caught up to a dozen hikers and decided to let them run ahead and spread out. I don't need to be in Delaware Watch Gap until Tuesday because the post office is closed Monday anyways. So I bought 4 days' food and will hit the rocks tomorrow. Moon Shot front of card: a photo from The Rose Garden, Allentown, PA
07/03/93, Day 096, Mile 1221.3A picture of a wooden bridge near a rock wall. Koonford Bridge, Laurel Frok Gorge, TN, AT. 7/3/93, mile 1221.3, day 96. Bake Oven Knob Shelter, AT, PA. More rocks today and they were pretty wet and treacherous. I took a flight and landed on my upper thigh. It's swollen and cut up and pretty painful (I have a charley horse) but otherwise ok. Hurt like hell to walk in here and I imagine it'll hurt more tomorrow. I'm just glad I didn't break anything considering the force I landed on it with. A few of us have scars from the wet rocks today. One of us is getting stitches right now. "Doc Hank" is an MD and he's out here section hiking. Moon Shot
07/04/93, Day 097, Mile 1245.7received Friday: front picture of the Delaware River winding through bright green fields and forests. from back: The Beautiful Delaware River, Pocono Mountains Area, Pennsylvania & New Jersey caption: Aerial view looking north showing the picturesque Delaware at a point between the Delware Water Gap and Shawnee-on-Delware, forming the natural boundary between New Jesery and Pennsylvania." 7/4/93, mile 1245.7, Day 97 Leroy A. Smith Shelter, AT, PA 25 mile hike thru the rocks in the baking sun with no water high lighted today's hike. No trees due to pollution from a zinc smelting plant. No water due to contamination or just plain dried up springs. Temps were in the high 90's with near 100% humidity. Pretty brutal day. Caught up with 24 thru hikers at the shelter. It's a good thing there was plenty of room to tent. Met a dozen I haven't met before. It's a good thing we're a gregarious bunch. Had to hike all the way down the mountainside to a known giardia-infested water. A fine way to end a blazing hot 4th of July. Moonshot
07/06/93, Day 099, Mile 1265.4blurb: Hot air ballooning over the Delaware Water Gap Hot air balloons fill the autumn sky as they float over the Delaware River between Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains and New Jersey during one of the balloon festivals held annually at Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pa. 7/6/93, mile 1265.4, day 99 Church of the Mountain, Hostel, DWG, PA Took a day off for laundry and resupply. Hiked 80 miles in the last 4 days through the ROCKS and getting rested to do 112 in 6 days to meet Dave & Rochelle at Bear Mtn. SP. Trimmed another 2 pounds off my pack so it's under 40 pounds (~38) with 3 days food. A bunch of us went to the movies last night (there's ~30-40 thru hikers here resting after the PA rocks). Saw Jurassic Park. Wasn't too impressed (no plot) but the T-Rex was great. Anyways, I'm glad to be done with PA. Moon Shot
07/07/93, Day 100, Mile 1283.0received 7/12/93, postmarked July 9, 1993, Unionville, N.Y. 7/7/93, mile 1283.0, day 100 campsite, Kittaninny mountain, AT, NJ -------------------------------------- Hiked 17.4 today in what the radio said was a 117 degree heat index. Not a fun day. Sent my Limmers in for repair and I'm wearing my spare boots that Mr. Support person forgot to re-sole before sending. Let me tell you that soles that are merely 1.2 vibram molecules thick don't offer much comfort on the rocks. :-( Camped by myself tonight on a nice grassy clearing on a ledge overlooking the New Jersey woodlands and Fairview Lake. In fact I was pretty psyched to see my first glacial pond - Sunfish Pond, as that means swimming holes from here to Maine! Someone built a mini version of stonehenge with the rocks along the shore and that'll make a good postcard in the future. Saw my first bear on the trip - in N.J. of ALL PLACES! :-) Moon SHOT Front of card: A tourism map of the state of N.J. showing many little icons of of what's what around the state. Among them are a sail boat, a young lady surfing, a lighthouse, and sea gulls along the coast. In the south a little fawn, a hunter with a dog, and vegetables. In the north a canoe and a dairy cow around the Delaware water gap area. In the northeast section of the map he draws an arrow pointing to Hoboken and writes "OOH I'm Diein'" (my best interpretation). Just Next to Hoboken is a little car loaded with people, golf clubs, and a fishing pole heading west, with exhaust gas blowing out the back of the car (On to Hoboken). Back of card: NEW JERSEY Garden State CAPITAL: Trenton. AREA: 7,836 sq. mi. POPULATION: 6,066,782. MOTTO: Liberty and Prosperity. FLOWER: Bogbice Violet. BIRD: Eastern Goldfinch. TREE: Red Oak. Third of the original 13 States.
07/08/93, Day 101, Mile 1305.6received yesterday (7-13-93): front: beautiful view between two trees of the Delaware River, winding between two peaks on it's many winds in in the Gap area; says Delaware Water Gap in the LRH corner; colors very saturated, deep blue sky, white clouds, blue waters, green trees; wish I was there :-) back: Delaware Water Gap Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Pennsylvania and New Jersey The Delaware Water Gap, viewed from the National Park Service's Kittatinny Point Visitor Center 7/8/93, mile 1305.6, day 101 postmark: Unionville, NY 19c Rutherford Shelter, AT, NJ JUL 9 AM 1993 Bambi ------------------------------ 10988 Hot, hot, hot day - 101 according to the radio. Hiked 24 miles anyways. POST CARD Scammed a slackpack early this morning for the 1st 12 miles and picked up my pack at the Worthington Bakery. Got a beer out of the deal too. At least 20 of the 24 miles were on Pa. style pointy rocks. I'm 40 miles into NJ and there's Portsmouth, RI still rocks. Rumor has it there's 02871 only 4 more miles of them. Even though there were more than 30 thru hikers at DWG, I'm ahead of them now so that's comforting. Got to the shelter and there's a 9' dome tent set up inside. That's gotta be a record! :-) There's a barn swallow in here incubationg her eggs - Moonshot
07/09/93, Day 102, Mile 1322.2Posted from GMF-MID-HUDSON NY, 7/16. Received 7/19 in CA. 7/9/92, Mile 1322.2, Day 102 Pochuck Mtn. Shelter, AT, NJ Another hot day, worse heat wave in NJ in 35 years according to the radio. Wnet in to Unionville, NY to pick up a food drop I mailed to myself and it hadn't arrived yet. It's hard to believe I can walk 52 miles before my package can get *driven* the same distance. :-/ I set it 2nd day priority mail too. My guess is it's lost. I sure hope my boots didn't get lost too. My sparcs don't have too much left after 45 miles of sharp, pointy rocks. The rocks have mellowed finally. Wish the heat would do the same. moon shot Caption: Delaware River Tri-State Area --- Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey A spectacular view of the upper Delaware River and the New York and Pennsylvania shorelines as seen from the Hawk's Nest Drive (N.Y. Route 97) just north of Port Jervis, near a point where the three states of New York, Pennsyslvania and New Jersey meet.
07/10/93, Day 103, Mile 1347.1Photo: one of the many cow pastures the trail goes through 7/10/93 Mile 1347.1, Day 103, Wildcat shelter, AT, NY Heat wave still going on. Put in 25+ miles today and crossed the NJ/NY line. Another state bites the dust. Can't hike as fast in my spare boots as I can in my Limmers. The sole flaps around in a more awkward way. Lots of rock scrambling today, and goof views from the ledges. Had a breif T-storm which really nailed the area east of me. Lucked out there. Ate at 2 different farn stores along the way. Really enjoyed the fresh fruit but, man, it does NOT give you sufficient calories to hike at all. I was draggin'. Spent the night in a shelter full of Boy Scouts. They were beat from hiking 5 miles so they crashed early. 8^) Moonshot
07/11/93, Day 104, Mile 1363.5rec'd 23jul: photo: thomas knob shelter, at, va. thruhikers with wild ponies. 7/11/93, mile 1363.5, day 104, fingerboard shelter, at, ny --------- relatively short day, 16 miles, as in the past few days, water was a problem. springs and streams are dry. lots of ups and downs today with more rock scrambling over "agony grind" and "lemon squeezer", they were both fun but short scrambles. met 5 more thru-hikers i haven't met before. within the last week, i probably met 30 new ones. pretty much getting to know everyone out here. i'd still like to know who's left on the trail behind me. every week, the past few weeks, a few people have been dropping out. the trail is wearing on people, myself included, but i put in a few hard days the last few so that's understandable. much less humid today, although temps in the 90's[sic;-]. i'm comfortable - it's amazing how well the human body adapts to the surrounding climate. moonshot
07/12/93, Day 105, Mile 1377.9Can't read postmark, arrived CA 7/19 Photo: Virginia Forest, AT, VA 7/12/93, Mile 1377.0, Day 105, Harrison SP, NY Short day - ~14 miles again, no water to be had. 2 out of 3 sources on this stretch were dry. Had some great views from Black Mtn. Bear Mtn. and West Mtn. The US Army had artillery practice yesterday and set no less than 4 forest fires. I met up with my friends Dave and Rochelle at the Bear Moutain Inn and we're camped here at Harr Mtn. for a couple of nights. I'm taking the day off tomorrow. Limmer fixed my boots and will mail them tomorrow. They only charged me 1/2 price for all of the work. Spare boots came apart yesterday but I have them completely covered with shoe goo so they'll last until Friday when I get my Limmers back. Moon shot Photo of narrow path cutting through lush green ground cover and trees.
07/13/93, Day 106, Mile 1377.07/13/93, Mile 1377.0, Day 106 Harriman S.P., NY ----------------------------- Today was a day off for me. Did laundry, etc. The food I mailed Unionville showed up in Bear Mountain finally. Spent the day with friends from home. Mr. Support person sent down a sampler of fine Belgian Ales (my favorite) and Dave and Rochelle brought homebrews as well. We spent the day "frolicking" in Lake Welch. Saw a deer nursing two fawns. That was pretty cool. Even managed to get a picture. Had Dave bring my old therm-a-rest down and sent my Ridgerest back. It was getting kind of thin. Moon shot --------- The picture on the front is a great shot/mountain-view of the Hudson valley. Storm King, N.Y. With West Point to the south and Cold Spring across the Hudson River, Storm King is the highest point on the old Storm King Highway known as Rt. 218. This beautiful mountain offers a breath-taking view of the Hudson Highlands. Stamp on the postcard is appropriately, a deer (small fawn) ;-). Caption next to the stamp says "Let people know you care, send Post Cards"
07/15/93, Day 108, Mile 1406.37/15/93, Mile 1406.3, Day 108 Ralph's Peak Hiker's Cabin, AT, NY Passed the 1400 mile mark today. Only 740 left! 10 hikers left Graymoor today, only 3 of us made it here. 19 miles but easy terrain and temps in the low 80's with 50% humidity made it a super hiking day! More of the same tomorrow. We need rain soon. Word is water is scarce from here to Vermont (like it *hasn't* been from PA to here?) It's a drought year and the H2O situation is deteriorating rapidly. Hopefully the '93 southbounders will start coming thru soon so we can exchange water info. The lack of water is going to weed out ever more folks. Lots have dropped out in the last two weeks. Moonshot The postcard is one of those souvenir-type maps of NY State, oversized pictures of scenic views like the Carrier Dome, Fort Drum, Fort Ticonderoga, West Point (also several nonmilitary-oriented things %^). Caption: New York Empire State Capital: Albany. Area: 49,576 sq. mi. Motto: Excelsior, Ever Upward. Flower: Rose. Tree: Sugar Maple. 11th of the original 13 states.
07/16/93, Day 109, Mile 1414.07/16/93, Mile 1414.0, Day 109 Edward R. Murrow Park, Pawling, NY Pretty easy 17 miles today. Water still scarce. Got a ride into Pawling fairly easily by a nice woman in a Caddy. She shuttled us to the bank and P.O. Finally got proper footwear. I picked up my Limmers at the P.O. Carl did a great job and charged me significantly less than the regular price. They are stiff as hell again with the new midsole and yellow label Vibrams, but it's great to have some support and grip again. Nice, friendly town here. Would be a great place to live if I worked in NYC. Nice spring fed lake to take a dip in. Headed into town for a couple of beers and got a free brew and a free huge basket of fries. Off-trail magic, I guess. Moon shot Another photo, this of the first white blaze at Springer Mountain, GA (with plaque beside it).
07/17/93, Day 110, Mile 1428.2Photo by Ger: Dragon's Toothy, AT, VA, postmarked Hartford, CT 7/20/93 7/17/93, Mile 1428.2, Day 110 Ten Mile River, AT, CT Finally hit New England! (I can see New Haven!) <-- [Private joke] Hit the 2/3 mark as well. Part of the AT here was closed due to a forest fire. That 4 fires in the last 6 days! This one was the closest. Water situation is a little better here in CT. Forest is very dry, though (fire danger is high). Figured out my average milage and its 13.1 miles per day - but thats with about 21 zero miles days. Take those away and and thats about 16 miles perday. Not bad, I guess. Camped in a nice little clearing near where the 10 mile and Housatonic rivers meet. Took a dip. Been able to do that a l ot since N.J. and it feels great! Super weather, low humidity, temps in the 50's tonight. Sure sould use some rain soon, though. Moon shot
07/18/93, Day 111, Mile 1447.1Photo: Laurel Fork Gorge, AT, TN 7/18/93, Mile 1447.1, Day 111, Stewart Hollow Brook, AT, *************************************************************************** ***** 16 Mile day, plus a 1 1/2 mile RT into Kent. Boots are loosening up alittle, well as good as 3/4" of new sole + midsole can loosen up. Spent the afternoon in Kent having pizza + beer, and making plans for next weekend. The whole town is full of yuppies-- 1/2 of whom ride Harley Davidsons (BORN TO BE MILD!). I'm by myself here tonight. Well, me and a coyote, anyways. There's no water because the brook is dry. I have a 1/2 liter so that'll get me through the night. I'll have to eat a dry dinner of bagels + cookies. No biggie, IK'm stuffed from the pizza anyways. MOON SHOT PS- the owls are going nuts right now!
07/19/93, Day 112, Mile 1469.67/19/93, Mile 1469.6, Day 112, Limestone Springs Lean-to, AT, CT 22 mile day marked once again by no water. Sat out some of the rain at a shelter and let my cook pot fill up. Get it any way you can. Great spot here but it's 1/2 mile off the trail and about 500 feet straight down a ravine. The spring is flowing, though. Met "Upson Downs" here! I started on springer with her but she had dropped out in Tenn. She is out section hiking Conn. Been travelling solo lately. Bunch of people behind and a group of 8 just 5 days ahead. I'd like to catch them, they used to be 3 weeks ahead. Pretty much met most of the others anyways. Only a day behind Bigfoot but I doubt I'll catch him before the weekend. Gonna try, though. Moonshot card is a photograph of food bags at sunrise at Deep Gap shelter, AT, NC
07/21/93, Day 114, Mile 1494.9received 8/03/93, postmarked July 28, 1993, Springfield MA. 7/21/93, mile 1494.9, day 114 Shea's Pinetree Inn, AT, MA. -------------------------------------- 14 mile day. Stopped into Shea's and decided to stay. The menu looked great and the Harp's is fresh. Looks like a rugged 26 mile day tomorrow to get back on track. Awesome views today from Mt. Race + Jug End. Saw a new species of snake today - a bright green one. Not much to report today. More lack of water. Had a nice chat with an English woman about the AT. Met a few dozen day hikers who were completely clueless about thru -hiking. They were talkng about thru-hiking with all sorts of erroneous info and I tried to strike up a conversation to set them straight but they wouldn't believe anything I said. Go figure. :-/ MoonSHOT PHOTO: James River, AT, VA. A river calmly flowing through green hills.
07/23/93, Day 116, Mile 1531.2Day 116 7/23/93, mile 1531.2 October Mtn, State Forest, AT, MA Had a great morning at Upper Goose Pone. "Z" Showed up with apples and 2 cans of orange juice concentrate and Nancy, the caretaker, cooked "Tassie Devil", "Timber Rambler" and myself some great pancakes!! I headed into town with Nancy to try to change my pick up spot to UGP because I wanted to hang out there longer, but couldn't reach my friends. I left there late but made it in time. Unfortunately, my friends are an hour late (Dammit! :-) ). Geez, I can *walk* here faster than they can get here by car. Really could use a shower. Its been 11 days since my last day off so I hope there's one at the campground we're going to. Its more of a morale thing than anything since I try to take a dip whenever possible. Moon Shot
07/25/93, Day 118, Mile 1531.2not a card but a photo of "some river near Rusty's, AT, VA" 7/25/93, mile 1531.2, day 118, October Mt. Shelter, AT, MA Took the day off today too. Trying to recover from yesterday's brewers festival :-/ Got to make Manchester, VT by Saturday, 90 miles in 6 days should be no problem. I'm here with 2 other northbounders and 3 southbounders. They tell me that 25 started at Katahdin this year. They've been out for 8 weeks now, but it should only take 6-7 weeks to finish up. A friend is going to hike with me for 50 miles and that will slow me down but I should be able to make good time after that. Some friends are going to meet me on the "Big K" so that'll be great not to have to worry about getting home from Maine. Moon Shot
07/27/93, Day 120, Mile 1571.8Postcard of a backpacker near Mt. Greylock summit. [Perhaps having hiked from as far as Georgia,]* and possibly on the way to Maine, this weary backpacker has just climbed the last steep trail to the summit of Mt. Greylock, the highest peak in Mass. (3491') on the journey over the famous Appalachian Trail. Here, at Bascom Lodge, the Appalachian Mt. Club will welcome all with delicious home-cooked meals and a comfortable bed "on top of the Berkshires." *Not! Coming from the north and walking away from A.T. 7/27/93, mile 1571.8, day 120 Seth Warner shelter, AT, VT <- another state down! 23 miles in the rain today. The trees are loving it and I don't mind (except when Ma Nature decides to downpour). Went up and over Mt. Greylock and took 4 hours off from the rain at Bascom Lodge -- pure AMC Hell! Holds 100 people, most of whom drive there. I did get to catch up on the latest high tech outdoor fashions though. :-) The hut croo was largely unfriendly and chewed me out for not picking up my mail sooner. I apologized for not walking fast enough from Georgia to suit their purposes. Moon Shot GA -> NC -> TN -> VA -> WV -> MD -> PA -> NJ -> NY -> CT -> MA -> . . . ME '93
07/29/93, Day 122, Mile 1609.8Photo postcard (nice 3D shot, probably taken by ger): Photo: McAfee Knob, AT, VA 7/29/93, Mile 1609.8, Day 122, Warming Hut, Stratton Mtn, VT ------------------------------- Got a late start - 10:00, then hiked 8 miles and took a nap. Some days are made for lollygagging. Unfortunately I should have stayed at Storybrook where I napped instead of continuing here because severe thunderstorms hit Stratton as I was half way up the mountain. When I got to the fire tower, things got worse so I made for the hut. The problem was, the hut was in a clearing and I couldn't see it because of the clouds and I didn't feel like running out in the open with lightening everywhere. So I ended up riding out the storm sitting in the woods not 50 yards from the hut. :-/ Anyway, I'm dry and my stuff is dry cuz we have the heaters in the ski hut going. Met up with [sic] the "Wildflowers", "Oz", the "Farm" and "WT Flatlander", none of whom I met yet. They are all pretty cool. Looks like a party in Manchester tomorrow. Moon Shot GA -> ME '93 P.S. Hi Mindy!
07/30/93, Day 123, Mile 1621.8street scene from manchester village, vt. 7/30, mile 1621.8 day 123 zion episcopal church hiker hostel, manchester, vt. hiked down from stratton mtn into manchester for laundry resupply and refreshments. met jamie there who will be hiking wiht me for 50 miles. had $1.25 10" pizzas for lunch (well, plus burgers, fries, and an order of buffalo wings :-) and a few pints of long trail stout at a local establishment that probably was the only non-yuppie place in town. anyways i had a nice stay in town, albeit a short one. still meeting lots of south bounders. moonshot ga -> me '93 postmark was 930804.
07/31/93, Day 124, Mile 1636.1Postcard: Greetings from VERMONT Postmark: Brigdewater, VT 7/31/93, Mile 1636.1 day 124 Lost Pond Shelter, AT, VT Got 14.3 miles out of Jamie today. Pretty impressive. However if *one* moe southbounder asks if we're "just out for the weekend" I'm going to scream. It's a pretty fair insult to someone who's hiked 1050 more miles than they have if you ask me:-). Nice hike today with views from Bromly, Styles, and Baxter. Water situation is much better up north although it's mostly streams so the filter is getting a workout again. Still on the first cartridge and it looks like it will last the whole trip. Going to do about 10 miles today. May bivvy out on a legde with a view. Moon Shot GA->ME '93
08/01/93, Day 125, Mile 1646.3Front: wooden covered bridge spanning a rocky creek bed (Back says it's the Saxton River, VT) postmarked 9 Aug 1993. 8/1/93, Mile 1646.3, Day 125 Greenwall Shelter, AT, VT Nice lollygagging 10.2 mile day. We hiked almost as far as the girl scouts from Camp Farnsworth. :-) Haven't seen too many people on the trail today, although there were lots at Little Rock pond. Only met one south bounder and 0 northbounders. Hiking between two groups again. Bigfoot's still only one day ahead, so I'll try and catch him after Sherburne Pass. Only 500.4 miles to go!! Geez, I could finish by Sept 1. I'll need to slow down I think. !-) :-) :-) Moonshot GA->MA '93
08/02/93, Day 126, Mile 1661.9Can't read postmark, arrived CA 8/21 Photo: Water Tower, AT, NY 8/2/93, Mile 1661.9, Day 126, Gov. Clement Shelter, AT, VT Nice 14 mile hike today. Made a beer run into town and spent a couple of hours at Clarendon Gorge. Also picked up a couple of grinders for lunch. Hit some trail magic as there was a car in the lot with a sign indicating that thru-hikers should help themselves to ice water, watermelon and soda. There was also beer in the trunk as well. It turned out that the car belonged to "Water" who had just finished up his thru hike. We ended up getting caught in a thunderstorm and pulled into the shelter quite wet. We were then confronted by a vicious dog 2 women brought with them. All it did was snap, snarl and bark at me and even chased me when I went for water. Some dogs just do not belong on the trail. Moon Shot
08/04/93, Day 128, Mile 1688.8Postmark 9 August, White River Junction, VT Picture of a covered bridge over a river, autumn colors just beginning to show. Printed description: Bartonsville Covered Bridge Route 103, Bartonsville, Vermont. Unique to the New England Countryside is the picutresque yet practical covered bridge protected from weather's harsher elements by its covering. 8/4/93, Day 128, Mile 1688.8 Wintturi Shelter, AT, VT Tim and Heidi payed [sic] me an impormptu visit last night. Got a late start this morning and hiked 17.4 miles. This seemed to me to be the toughest section in VT so far even though the mountains weren't too big. Lots of steep climbs. Enjoying a 22 oz Belgian ale Tim and Heidi made (very tasty!!). The spring here is ~50 degrees so it chilled well. Sure gets dark early now. It's a good thing I plan to cut back my mileage to enjoy the last 450 miles of the trip because there's not a lot of light to do the big miles anyways. Moonshot GA->ME '93
08/05/93, Day 129, Mile 1709.78/5/93, Mile 1709.7, Day 129 (might be 127) Happy Hill Cabin, AT, VT. 21 mile day, mostly trough relos. (?) great scenery along the Kerouie(c)? and I stopped for lunch at a nice spot with a 360 degree view. I'm camped here about five miles out of Hanover, NH and will head in early tomorrow morning for breakfast. Haven't decided if I'm taking off one or two days yet, but it's been nearly two weeks since my last days off, so who knows. It depends on what there is to do in Hanover. Cracked the 1700 mile mark today in week 18. Staying on the porch of the oldest shelter on the AT, built in 1918. Moonshot GM-ME'93 Front picture is of a white clapboard house reflected in a placid stream and surrounded by rolling hills of brilliant fall foliage, captioned "Autumn in Vermont."
08/06/93, Day 130, Mile 17??.?>From senator-bedfellow.mit.edu!bloom-beacon.mit.edu!news.bu.edu!dartvax!Judith.A .Kushner Fri Aug 6 17:36:29 EDT 1993 Article: 35909 of rec.backcountry Newsgroups: rec.backcountry Path: senator-bedfellow.mit.edu!bloom-beacon.mit.edu!news.bu.edu!dartvax!Judith.A .Kushner From: Judith.A.Kushner@dartmouth.edu (Judith A. Kushner) Subject: AT THRU-HIKE: 08/06/93, DAY 130, MILE 1714 (or something) Message-ID:
X-Posted-From: InterNews email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org (The News Manager) Organization: Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH Date: Fri, 6 Aug 1993 20:18:22 GMT Lines: 35 System: Macintosh LC III :-) Hi folks, Moon Shot here logging in from the DOC headquarters in Hanover, NH. Please DO NOT SEND EMAIL TO THIS ADDRESS as it's not my account, they have not way to contact me and I won't be around to reply anyways. Anyhow, I'm staying in town here for two days off at "Panarchy", a frat-type house that lets thru-hikers stay for free. I'll be here until sunday morning if anyone from Dartmouth is around to say hi. Just wanted to say hello electronically, so if someone can forward this to Tim Dalton, I'd appreciate it! Hiked 5.3 miles in from Happy Hill shelter (the oldest on the AT - 1918). Came in for breakfast around 8:30 and did laundry, went to the P.O., etc. Enjoyed one of the beers Tim sent - the Madbury Fest '93 Pale Ale (Thanks!). There's a few thru-hikers here that I haven't met yet and one I haven't seen since Rusty's so it'll be a fun couple of days. That's all for now since the day's not over yet. :-) Moon Shot GA->ME '93 PS - Since this is an official post, there'll be no postcard for today. Please see that Tim gets this, he'll need it for the other conferences that are folowing my trip. He can verify that's it's me by the mention of receiving his beer. PPS - Again, send no email to this account, it's not mine and I'm sure the person does not want to be bothered. Send inquiries to Tim - THANKS!!! M.S.
08/09/93, Day 133, Mile 1743.08-9-93, mile 1743.0, day 133 South Jacobs Brook, AT NH. Post card of pictures of 14 small pics of NH covered bridges surrounding one large shot of a covered bridge. 16.3 mile day w. a couple of tough climbs today. Stopped about a mile short of the shelter because this is a nice spot to bivvy. The nites are getting cooler and that's fine with me. Sittin here sippin some darjeleng and cookin dinner streamside. Had some grate views from smart mt. and cambert ridge. It's quite bugless here despite being beside a stream. Nice waterfalls and cascades. I'll haveta remember to photograph them in the A.M. Moon Shot GA-->ME '93
08/10/93, Day 134, Mile 1759.3photo: Cloud in PA 8/10/93, mile 1759.3, day 134, Jeffers Brook Shelter, AT, NH 16 mile day. Nice ledge but no views from Mt. Cube [?]. Kinda cool, though, being in the clouds. Ran out of water when the D.O.C. camp we planned to get some at was dry. The neighbors wouldn't give us any either. Not much to report today, just taking it easy now sitting in my chair with my feet up. Nice shelter here. There's 6 of us here. KY Reb, Tic Tac Tony, Stone, Deacon Jones, Ponder Yonder, and myself. I plan on taking a short day tomorrow and hanging out on top of Moosilauke all day if it's nice. I only need to finish and that's 40 days away. With 387 miles to go, I have plenty of time to goof off. Moon Shot GA -> ME '93
08/11/93, Day 135, Mile 1787.5Postcard: Lincoln, NH. East Branch of the Pemigewasset River Nice fall foliage shot with storm clouds overhead. Postmark: 8/19/93 White River Junction, VT 8/11/93 Mile 1787.5 Day 135 Cascade Lodge B&B, N. Woodstock, NH 9 mile day today up and over Mt. Moosilauke. Pretty nuce hike with the summit above treeline (~4810') and really scenic cascades along the trail on the north side. Stone, Ponder and I decided to hitch into town for lunch and never got out. No big deal since I have plenty of time to finish up. Going to take 3 days to do the Kinsmans, Franconia Ridge and Zealand Notch, then head into North Conway for the night. Met one of the local residents from the state sanitarium at Jeffers Brook Shelter. He was decked out in a Sea Captain's outfit. Moon Shot. GA > ME '93
08/12/93, Day 136, Mile 1782.8Postcard: Kinsman Notch, White Mountains, NH Fall view of the notch and Kinsman Pond. Postmark: 8/19/93 White River Junction, VT 8/12/93 Mile 1782.8, Day 136 West Branch Pemigewasset, AT, NH Slackpacked from Kinsman Notch (see reverse) to Franconia Notch (About 17 miles). It took about 9 hours including lunch, so these mountains are definitely tougher than what we've gotten used to. North Kinsman was great with lots of rock scrambling. Feels great to be back in my old stomping grounds and most of the north bounders are pretty damned psyched about the hiking here the last couple of days. The best is yet to come in the next few days. What an awesome way to wind down a long distance hike!!! Moon Shot
08/13/93, Day 137, Mile 1792.8Postcard: Mount Lafayette in summer. Postmark: White River Jct, VT, 19-Aug-93 8/13/93(Friday the 13th), Mile 1792.8, day 137 Garfield Ridge Campsite, AT, NH ------------------------------- 10 mile day - Thats an official Lolly- gag. Spent the day on franconia Ridge (see reverse). Hung out for the most part above treeline on at least 5 different summits. The weather was 60 degrees with no wind and visibility was just a few miles. Not perfect, but close. Felt great to just hang out and take in the views. Its a good plan to lollygag here since this is some of the best stuff on the AT. Moon Shot GA - ME '93 Moon Shot
08/14/93, Day 138, Mile 1810.1Postcard: Mount Lafayette in winter. Postmark: White River Jct, VT, 19-Aug-93 8/14/93, Mile 1810.1, day 138 Trailhead, Crawford Notch, AT, NH --------------------------------- 17 mile day with great weather although the summits were in the clouds. Met up with Stones's Brother who took us into North Conway where we ate dinner and checked out the equipment stores. Unfortunately, we couldn't find a single motel room or campground with a vacancy so we had to head back to the AT and bivvy by the trailhead. Going to be a short day tomorrow and I'll probably take 5 days to get to Gorham (45 mi) just to enjoy the whites a little longer. Moon Shot Moon Shot
08/15/93, Day 139, Mile 1810.1Photo of the Pemi Wilderness. 8/15/93, mile 1810.1, day 139 Intervale Motel, N. Conway, NH Impromptu day off in North Conway. Ended up dropping off food at Pinkham Notch for resupply. Dropped off my tent as well. I won't be needing it for the next couple of nights. Finally found a local pub that wasn't full of weekending yuppies. This town is out of hand. Moon Shot
08/16/93, Day 140, Mile 1820.6Postcard: Lakes of the Clouds and Hut [note by ger: "<--Goofer Hell!"] Postmark: Gorham, NH, 21-Aug-93 8/16/93, Mile 1820.6, day 140 The Dungeon, Lakes of The Crowds Hut --------------------------------- This place is a total zoo! There's 90 people here and 2 thru-hikers staying in the Dungeon. The rest are paying $57 to stay here (we're paying $6.00). I can't wait to get to the RMC hut tomorrow where things are more sane. There's lots of people showing up late and getting turned away (over 20 so far). Its places like this thats largely responsible for overcrowding the mountains. Moon Shot
08/17/93, Day 141, Mile 182?.?at #248: Phyllis Koyner (phyllis) Wed, 8 Sep 93 14:29:39 PDT from a DEChead: postmark from Gorham NH... written 8/17/93... day 141... Gray Knob Cabin (RMC)... Sure feels great to be on my home turf (RMC territory) after spending last night in AMC hell. The hut croo at Lakes of the Crowds wouldn'tsell me coffee because they were too busy with their 96 guests so i waited until all 96 guests were served and then i tried again. When i still didn't get coffee i proceeded to fill out a "courtesy card" and described in detail what i thought about AMC "hospitality". That got thier attention and i got a cup slammed down in front of me, despite my protests that i didn't need coffee anymore since i was quite awake after being up for an hour and a half waiting for a cup. :^/ oh well, i guess i was expecting too much. Nevertheless, it's good to be back at a cabin that allows me to hang my chicken and requests (no INSISTS) that i put a NTTH sticker on the window. I'd like to stay and relax an extra day, but i also want to get to Gorham by the weekend because i have mail there. Relax and hurry up! :^) It's only 30 miles, but i'd end up back in AMC hut land. :^( Moonshot GA->ME '93 ATO/RMC
08/15/93, Day 142, Mile 1835.0Postcard: Mount Adams, White Mountains, NH Nice view of Adams with blue skies. Postmark: 8/21/93 Gorham, NH 8/15/93 Mile 1835.0 Day 142 Ellis River, Pinkham Notch, AT, NH Decided to hike down to Pinkham instead of holing up at Grey Knob another day. Weather was patchy clouds ith no wind for hiking over Adams (see reverse) and Madison. I've had no wind above treeline for neary every stretch so far. The hut Croo at Madison gave me some Rice Soup, Bread and Cake. Definitely a mellower scene than the Lakes [ed. comment: of the Crowds!]. Ate diner at Pinkham (AYCE) and hung out with "Iron Ron" the caretaker at Liberty Springs (he went into town to get us beer) and a fe other AMC campsite caretakers at the croo lodge. Great people! Moon Shot
08/19/93, Day 143, Mile 1840.5Postcard: Map of the AT A litle 'Camping Here' and an arrow drawn on to point near the NH/ME border on the AT. Postmark: 8/21/93 Gorham, NH 8/19/93, Mile 1840.5, Day 143 Carter Notch, NH Hiked 5.8 miles today. That makes 30 miles in the last 5 days! I realize that I wanted to slow down a bit, but this is ridiculous. :-) The funny thing is _NO ONE_ has caught up except CopperHead. I guess no one wants this to end. Copper Head met Supreme Court Justice David Sutter out hiking today. We also learned that one of the "Wildflowers" broke her leg while slackpacking the Kinsmans and both are now off as well as "Oz". Almst to Maine and people are still dropping out. It can happen to anyone. I'm camped here in Carter Notch, bout .3 miles from the AMC Hut. The croo is friendly - they told us to camp and gave us 3 trays of cherry cobbler. This is by far the mellowist of all the huts. Its far away from the overcrowded areas above treeline. They invited us to chow down on leftover pancakes tomorrow but I'll be leaving for Gorham early yo hit the P.O. before the weekend. Moon Shot
08/22/93, Day 146, Mile 1862.3received 9/??/93, postmarked August 30, 1993, Bangor ME. 8/22/93, mile 1862.3, day 146 Trident, ??? campsite, AT, NH. -------------------------------------- Finally left Gorham at 1:30PM. :-/ Blue blazed out of town and RR-linked with the AT on top of Mt. Hayes. Learned that my uncle is in a coma so I may have to come off the trail for a few days in the event of a funeral. Unfortunately it won't be easy to get home from the middle of Maine since no one is willing to come and get me. Minutes before learning this I had booked a flight to Florida for a week of post-hike relaxation. If only I had called home first. Anyways, the nights are getting colder here - almost autumn weather. It's rather enjoyable for both sleeping and hiking. Starting to get PHYCHED for KATADIN, as I'm only 9.8 miles from the state of Maine ! Moon Shot PHOTO: Sunrise, AT, PA.
08/23/93, Day 147, Mile 1876.6(Map of AT on front labelled, "Wahoo! Maine Dammit!") 8/23/93, Mile 1876.6, Day 147 Full Goose Shelter, AT, ME WAHOO! I'M IN MAINE! 15 mile day. Got a late start and pulled in after sunset. Pretty rugged trail with lots of class 4 and class 5 sections. Not easy when carrying a 50 lb. pack with a week's worth of food. More of the same tomorrow as I have to go thru the infamous Mahoosuc Notch. Only planning on an 11 mile day. Anyways, the late arrival treated me to a beautiful sunset. It's great to be getting 360 degree views again with no civilization in sight. Trails here are still crowded with vacationing backpackers. Everyone wants to do the "toughest mile on the AT" (TM). Moonshot GA to Big K
08/25/93, Day 149, Mile 1902.88/25/93, Mile 1902.8, Day 149 Hall Mountain Lean-to, AT, ME -------------------------------------- 1900 miles! And it sure feel like I hiked every inch of it, too. Did 15 miles today. Up and over Baldplate. The summit was in the fog so new views, but hanging out was sort of other-worldly. Finally had some regular-type trail to hike for a change - 10 miles of it, instead of all this rock scrambling. Prior to this, the last 140 miles have been rugged. Only 2 of us here tonight. 30 miles into Maine and I think the crowds are finally starting to thin out again. First time I had a view that didn't show any signs of civilization in a long time. If this keeps up it will be a great way to end the hike. Moonshot ---------- the postcard shows the AT with a handwritten arrow showing mileage at 1902.8 miles! WOW!
08/26/93, Day 150, Mile 1910.5rec'd 1sept, postmarked 30aug, photo of a/t trail sign on tree, bark almost grown over the sign, in northern virginia. "8/26/93, mile 1910.5, day 150 campsite, old blue, a/t, me 8 mile day, felt like lollygagging today after all the climbing over the last days. had a couple of steep climbs today too, but took a 2 hour lunch & took a dip in black brook. decided to make up the miles tomorrow. it was just a beautiful day. i still need to be in rangely by saturday to hit the post office. probably won't get any letters there either. found a nice campsite with a clear spring in the saddle between old blue and elephant mountain. the ridge was supposed to be dry with no place to camp but i found a spot in the middle of a virgin forest of red spruce. i[t, sic] looks somewhat enchanted. had some fine 360` views from old blue. maine is pretty expansive. got clear skies tonight so i left the top down on my tent. lots of woodpeckers around here as well as a flock of chickadees. things have quieted down now that the sun is setting. moonshot
08/27/93, Day 151, Mile 1828.0Photo: Bull Moose 8/27/93, Mile 1828.0, Day 151, Little Swift River Pond AT, ME 17.5 mile hike today. Camped about 5 miles from the road to Rangeley where I'll meet up with Chris tomorrow. Had some decent views from the north end of the Bemis range. Hiked past a few ponds on the way. Lots of moose nuggets and moose prints but no sign of the critter. Perhaps I need to spend more time next to roads :-) Moon Shot
08/28/93, Day 152, Mile 1833.9Front: A view across the tops of autumn's changing colors to Rangeley Lake. Handwritten at top: 5 month anniversary on the trail!! Note: 8/28/93, mile 1833.9, day 152 Piazza Rock Shelter, AT, Maine Woke up at dawn this morning to a beautiful sunrise and a cow moose in the pond. First moose in Maine for me. Hiked 5 miles and took a dip in an old sawmill sluice before meeting Chris and heading into Rangeley for resupply. Chris brought foodies, ice water and cold beers brought stone and I into town (thanks, Chris!!)> It was nice to have someone come all the way up here to help support my hike. Staying in a brand new shelter - so new that we're using scrap logs to build a fire. First fire in a long time. Went up to check out Piazza Rock - a huge boulder that juts out in mid-air like a beached yacht. Moonshot
08/29/93, Day 153, Mile 1950.2PostCard: Front: MAINE "Section of Smalls Falls near Rangeley" Spaulding Mountain Lean-To, AT, ME ***************************************************************************** 17 Mile Day. The guidebook said that this was the toughest section in Maine, but I found it a breeze compared to the stuff sounth of here, go figure. Excellent views today, had my first view of KATAHDIN. This section is one of my favorite so far and I'll be back to hike some of the side trails to the nearby summits. A couple of friends of mine were here in May and left NTTH [Editor: No Time To Hate] stickers in the registers. Its confusing a lot of northbounders :-) Came into the shelter last night and put my pack down to go get water. When I came back some old dude came in and took over my space so I ended up tenging. Also learned that I'm not a thru-hiker because I skipped 0.1 miles of AT hiking into the shelter. :-/ Maybe these folks should strap on a pack for 1,950 miles before usurping one's shelter space and insulting them as well. Then they'd know what its all about, Moon Shot
08/30/93, Day 154, Mile 1962.8Day 154 8/30/93, Mile 1962.8, Stratton, ME Hiked 13 miles today and hitched into Stratton for resupply. Got a ride in the [garbled] first truck that came by. Made it into town by 5:50 and managed to do a full resupply by 6:00 before the store closed. Got a break on a hotel room, $32, for the 3 of us (there's a southbounder here) and despite the small size of the town, we found Anchor Steam on tap at the Cafe. Met a local who is a "kickboxer for Christ" and someone had zebras for sale on the town bulletin board. Back in the small towns again but the trail is still pretty populated. Moon Shot
09/01/93, Day 156, Mile 1977.89/1/93, Mile 1977.8, Day 156 Postmark illegible, Bambi stamp. Foreground is a bright green meadow with scattered yellow flowers, behind that is a small copse of trees, and off in the distance is a mountain, with milky, partly cloudy skies overhead. "Mt. Bigelow, from Eustis Ridge near Stratton, Maine" Little Bigelow Lean-to, AT, ME Lollygagged 9.7 miles today. Left late and let the weather clear so we had an excellent day on Bigelow (reverse). Saw the big K again. It's getting closer. 4 other thru-hikers caught us so there's seven of us here. Still ahead of the big social scene that's a few days back. This group is pretty good group [sic] and it would be great to finish up with them. Sure glad I've been hiking with this group instead of the gossip clique behind. Moonshot
09/02/93, Day 157, Mile 1994.7Front: small bird beaking a larger bird's bill Back: "Common Loon with Chick" 9/2/93, Mile 1994.7, Day 157 Pierce Pond Lean-To, AT, ME --------------------------- 17 mile day, pretty much flat terrain. Finally thru most of the mountainous stuff. I'm camped on a small ledge just above the pond and there's a super sunset out over the water. The loons should start calling pretty soon. The noseeums are nasty tonight so I'm glad I opted to tent. Tried to call the Monson PO to have my mail drop moved to the hostel because of Labor Day But the phone at the camp down the trail was dead. Made reservations for Breakfast at the camp tomorrow -- 12 pancakes, 2 eggs, sausage, juice + coffee for $5.50. Moon Shot
09/03/93, Day 158, Mile 2004.39/3/93 mile 2004.3 Day 158 Pleasant Pond Shelter, AT, Me 2000 miles !!! pretty good day hiked 10 miles started the day with an excellent 12 pancake, 2 egg sausage coffee and juice at the Harrison Camp. Then took the canoe ride across the Kennebec into Caratunk for Ben and Jerrys. Packed 1/2 6-pack of Gearys(?) up to the lean-to in one of my water bottles to celebrate. Opted to use a tent and some t-storms just moved in, oh well. Called home and learned that some friends are starting a 100 mile hike in Caratuck tomorrow so I'll wait for them here. I'll have to make up 1/2 day somewhere too catch up with the bunch I plan to hike Katahdin with. Moon Shot Post card back MAINE SONGbirds american goldfinch rose breasted grossbeak red winged black bird evening grossbeak pictures of above on front -cool card!!
09/05/93, Day 160, Mile 2016.6front is a "tourist map" of Maine... back has "Maine facts"... - Maine- the pine tree state - Capital - Augusta - Area 33,125 sq miles - Pop 1988 1,177,550 - Motto "Dirigo" Guide - Flower Pine Cone - Animal - Moose - Cat - Maine Coon Cat - Insect - Honeybee - Bird - Chickadee - Tree - Eastern White Pine - 23rd State admitted to the Union and finally (Ger's note.... drum roll please... thank you) 9/5/93, mile 2016.6 Day 160 Moxie Bald Lean-To AT ME 20 mile day with a net northbound gain of 6 miles. :^/ backtracked all the way to Caratunk to get a friends truck to drive them out. Tried driving in from the south, got 10 miles up the logging road but the road was blocked off so i had to go back, drive 30 miles north and try to get in the other way. Unfortunately, the bolt on the left rear shock came off and i couldn't drive in. I ended up hitching it to within 2 miles and walking the rest. they got a ride out anyways. moonshot ps. yogi'd three beers along the way in as it was labor day. pps. met a 6 ft tall amazonian roller derby queen skating down the logging road on incline skates... really... Front: Closeup picture of Maine Wild Blueberries
09/07/93, Day 162, Mile 2049.8rec'd today, postmarked 21sept worchester, ma. postcard face: maine wild blueberries, 2 closeups, 2 shots of bb scoop back: 9/7/93, mile 2049.8 day 162 long pond stream lean-to, at, me hiked 15 miles in from monson with 6-7 days food to do(?) the "100 mile wilderness." there is a logging road 1/2 mile from here with vehicles going back and forth on it(wildernot!). i'm pretty beat from hauling the extra food, but high on being this close to the big k. great breakfast at shaws! sure ain't going to be able to eat like that after the hike. forded a few streams and rivers today. finally got to use my geckos(?) for a crossing. moonshot
09/09/93, Day 164, Mile 2072.19/9/93, Mile 2072.1, Day 164 Postmark Worcester, MA 9/21/93, Bambi stamp. Four different views of Loons (nesting, on land, mama loon swimming with her baby, and male loon strutting his stuff on the water). "COMMON LOON: A large diving bird inhabiting lakes in the northern U.S. and most of Canada. The loon is best known for its mournful call heard at night and early morning. Loon numbers have decreased in the East because the bird is most sensitive to human and prredator encroachment during the egg setting period in early summer." Campsite, Gulf Hagas Mtn, AT, ME Was going to be a 16 mile day but it turned into an 11. :-) Nice campsite here in a col with a spring. Will probably do a 16 tomorrow instead. Nobody here but me + ponder,. We're trying to keep apart from the crowds. Pretty cosmic day. A hawk flew in and watched us from a branch. Took a side trip to Screw Auger Falls - pretty damn nice! Lots of dayhikers (wildernot!) though. Would like to come back here (as a day hiker :-) and check out the rest of Gulf Hagas. Moonshot
09/10/93, Day 165, Mile 2080.99/10/93 Mile: 2080.9 Day: 165 East Branch, Pleasant River, AT, ME 8 mile day. A monsoon rolled in around 11:00 last night pelting us with rain and high winds for 12 hours straight. Hiked 4.5 miles to a shelter in the morning, dried off, and waited out the rain. Left around 3:30 to clear skies and hiked 4 more miles and camped here by the bank of the river. Ponder (?) and I will wait until morning to ford. Perhaps the river will be significantly lower by then as the heavy rain has swelled it up. I prefer to camp thru the "wildernot" as the shelters are crowded. Lots of phony thru hikers around too. It's pretty weird how some folks try to fake people out. They're easy to spot and foil, though. :^) Moonshot
09/12/93, Day 167, Mile 2113.8got this saturday -- picture of a bull moose. 9/12/93, mile 2113.8, day 167 Crescent Pond, ME 15 mile day. Had 2 fantastic views of Katahdin! It's pretty damn close! PonderYonder and I are camping at a great spot near a pond that appears to have resident moose (see revese :-) We've been camping between the shelters and campsites to avoid the crowds here in the wildernot. Despite my grumbling about lots of people and all, this section is one of the sweetest on the trail. There's some super mini-campsites around mostly in great fishing spots. Ponder found a backpacking fishing rod and yogi'd some lures and is out trying to catch something. Going to have a nice sunset over the pond. Perhaps a moose (see reverse :-) will show up. Time to cook dinner.... moonshot
09/14/93, Day 169, Mile 2141.5picture of baxter state park, maine; view of chimmney pond 9/14/93. mile 2141.5, day 169 katahdin stream campground, ap me 13 mile day. took it easy today i'm camped at the base of mount katahdin 5.2 miles and 4000 vertical feet from the sumit. i expected a mail package fro with belgian ale to celebrate with at the top but it didn't arrive. i didn't reaaly expect it to be here anyways, i guess:-( i yogi'd a beer from the ranger at daicy pond, though. it's only fitting that my last yogi is from mr ranger.:-) looks like "ponder yonder" and i are the only thru hikers summitting tomorrow along with "beach bum" who is finishing the AT by section. i plan to head up early and be down by 1:00 to hitch into the logging town of millinocket. it'll be hot tubs, suanas and hot shower tomorrow!! moon shot
09/15/93, Day 170, Mile 2146.7front: MT. Katahdin Baxter State Park Maine 9/15/93, MILE 2146.7 Day 170 Baxter Peak, Mt. Katadhin, AT, ME view from a peak of thepeaks around and some lakes. cool lime green lichens and a worn rose pink spot in themiddle of it all :-) back: BAxter State Park, Maine The Knife Edge viewed from Baxter Park, Mt. Katadhin. Northern Terminus of the Appalacian Trail postmark: WORReturn to Top of Document
016 PM 21 Sep 1993 a big ___Wahoo!!!___ above my address and a Bambi stamp. Overcast and windy day today. Hiked up to the summit from Katadhin stream(?) in 2.5 hours. I don't remember much of the climb up as I was in deep thought the whole way. When we got up to the summit, we had it to ourselves for about 20 minutes before the day's peakbaggers started showing up. It was very windy on the summit and the visibility was less than ten feet but we didn't care - we made it. I'll never forget how I felt when I finally touched the sign. A lot of pain and hard work went into getting there and it's changed me forever - Moonshot GA -> ME '93