The trail goes through the edge of town and we arrived around mid morning hoping for a nice second breakfast at the farm stand, or perhaps at the restaurant we were approaching that advertised a deal for milk shakes and $2 hot dogs. A hikers dream! As we approached the store we were dismayed to find that the one day a week they happened to be closed was Tuesday! Continue reading
The climb out of Palmerton, PA goes up about a thousand vertical feet over the span of three quarters of a mile through the Palmerton Superfund Site where a Zinc smelter killed off most of the plant life on one half of the mountain. Continue reading
Leaving the confines of a warm, dry building to go out into the heavy drizzle this morning was not fun. It was seriously tempting to take a day off and stay, but they don’t allow more than one night Continue reading
We cut our day a little short because we reached the 501 shelter just as it started to rain. It turned out that this particular shelter was a great place to be in bad weather. Unlike most shelters on the AT, which are three walled lean-to’s, this one had four walls, a roof with a skylight, and two shelter cats to keep the mice at bay. Continue reading
Got back on the trail after a good rest and went right back into those Pennsylvania rocks. Pennsylvania is famous for its rocks on the AT. Continue reading
Took an easy day out of Duncannon and met up with Forge’s folks at a road crossing about 9 miles down the trail. It was another hot day, but we were surprised at the amount of energy we still had after such a long day before. I guess our bodies are getting used to this long hiking idea. We aren’t planning any back to back 30 mile days any time soon!
Decided to make up a bit of ground we had lost with all this heat and try for a thirty mile day. We camped about 5 miles outside of Boiling Springs and hiked through town to pick up our mail drop so we would have food for dinner in case we didn’t make it all the way to Duncannon the way we were planning. Continue reading
We passed the midpoint of the trail towards the end of the day on the 29th, but were confused because there was no marker like we had expected from the guidebook. When we got into camp that night, we talked with some other hikers who were similarly confused, until a southbounder came in and reported that just a half mile past the shelter was where the halfway marker was located. We had some good photo opportunities the next morning, they even had a post across from the marker so that we could set our camera there and take a photo of both of us! Continue reading