Its said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. If you've spent much time following along here you'll know that after each hike I promise to myself and the world that I will be physically prepared for the next season. Those promises are rarely … Continue reading VA 42 to Pearisburg: Part One
In years past, I spent a considerable amount of time pouring over hikers' journals over at trailjournals.com. Before the days of TheTrek, Instagram, vlogging on YouTube, etc., people kept some pretty detailed accounts on trailjournals.com of their daily lives on the trail. Many still do, but it has tapered off now that the majority of … Continue reading Recollections…
First, I did get a link together for the album of pics from this last trip. You can get there from here. Pretty disappointing how most came out but at least we have something to look back on. We have got to get our hands on some phones with better cameras. Wouldn't do me much … Continue reading Who’s Counting?
Finally Back on the AT: Pen Mar Rd to Pine Grove Furnace State Park – Part 2
Picking up from where I left off in the last post... Day Four: Tentsite - 5.5 mi Since we were way ahead of schedule, we decided to dial the miles back a bit this day. The short climb out of Caledonia was stiff but the rest of the way to Quarry Gap Shelters was easy … Continue reading Finally Back on the AT: Pen Mar Rd to Pine Grove Furnace State Park – Part 2
Finally Back on the AT: Pen Mar Rd to Pine Grove Furnace State Park – Part 1
It should come as no surprise that not much has gone according to plan this season. The whole world seems to be upside down right now and it's anyone's guess as to when we might see a bit of normalcy. Thankfully, everyone in our extended family has been spared of both the virus and financial … Continue reading Finally Back on the AT: Pen Mar Rd to Pine Grove Furnace State Park – Part 1
First, a quick update on upcoming hikes: In a few weeks, Deep Woods and I will set off from VA Hwy 42 (just down the road from Bear Garden Hostel) and shoot for Pearisburg, VA. That’s just shy of 80 trail miles. We would have preferred to do more but that’s all that time would … Continue reading Concessions…
Inch By Inch, Step By Step…
Another installment of my long, slow crawl to Katahdin is now complete. Links to all of the pics here. My total AT miles now stands at about 690. Once again, we were blessed with great weather during the hike…and some nice shelters for when the skies opened up and rain began to fall. We didn’t … Continue reading Inch By Inch, Step By Step…
Appalachian Trail – Maryland (Part Two)
Wrapping it up... Day Seven: Annapolis Rocks Campsite to Dahlgren Backpack Campground –7.5 mi After breaking camp and taking another look from the cliff, we began the day’s hike. It was 2.3 miles of nearly all downhill to the footbridge over I-70 and we knocked that out quickly. Watching the cars fly by I couldn’t … Continue reading Appalachian Trail – Maryland (Part Two)
Appalachian Trail – Maryland (Part One)
Picking up where I left off… Day Four: Pen Mar Road, PA to Raven Rock Shelter – 5.0 mi With the objective to complete all of Maryland over the course of the next several days, we had our shuttle driver drop us off at the trailhead on Pen Mar Road in PA, essentially 0.1-mile north … Continue reading Appalachian Trail – Maryland (Part One)
West Virginia and Maryland Appalachian Trail Sections Done!
Loonie and I recently completed our AT section hike covering West Virginia and Maryland. We had planned to do the approx 20 miles of WV over three days in one week, spending the rest of that week sightseeing. The 42-mile Maryland section would be done the following week. As it turned out, it was far … Continue reading West Virginia and Maryland Appalachian Trail Sections Done!