Monthly Archives: July 2014

Day 60: zero day in kent

Hey!

Just chilling with some hikers in this small vacation town. I’m camping at this free tenting area behind a women’s clothing store. It’s amazing where you find yourself sometimes! Anyway, I will finally be in Pennsylvania in ten days time!!! I’m taking a few days off to spend time with family. Also, I will be hiking with my dad from Del water gap to Palmerston, pa. Last final push to home!

Fish

P.s. There is a Wal-Mart near the gap! Exactly what I need.

Day 57: Tom Leonard shelter to sages ravine campsite

Howdy!

Rain rain go away!! I’m sick and tired of wearing wet socks and boots. I just need one day of sunlight to lift my spirits back up. I don’t usually complain but my feet are taking a beating from all of the moisture buildup. Anyway, made it to Connecticut today!! I set up camp next to this beautiful stream. Hopefully a sunny day tomorrow.

Fish

P.s. A bad day of hiking is better than a good day at the office!!!

Day 56: upper goose pond cabin to Tom Leonard shelter

Hey everybody!

Today I did 21 miles today in under 7 hours!! This is my personal best. Anyway, I will be in Connecticut tomorrow! I’m super excited because I’m two weeks away from Pennsylvania!!! I can’t wait to see my family and my dog, Abbey. I’m feeling a little tired but not as much as I usually do after doing big days. This is a very good sign!

Fish

P.s. Rain makes corn and corn makes whiskey

Day 54: dalton to upper goose pond cabin

Howdy!!

Did 19 miles to the highway in six and a half hours today. I was really excited to see friends and have a nice hot meal. John and Nancy Howard went above and beyond to come and see me this afternoon! We took pictures and went to a sports pub where I ate the most food I’ve ever eaten. I had a half pound burger with fries, a blt with chips and a pickle, some stir fry, a salad, peanut butter pie, and two beers (Sam Adams Boston Lager)!! I could barely walk afterwards but it was worth it and I enjoyed the company of my sisters godparents. This was a day I definitely won’t forget! It was another mile and a half to upper goose pond cabin where I stayed the night. Beautiful sight right above the lake which had a tiny island in the middle.

Fish

Day 53: Wilbur clearing shelter to dalton, Massachusetts

Hey guys,

Did 20 miles into town today and I’m staying at Tom Levardis place. He lets you camp out in his backyard for free! While I was there, one of his friends drove me to an old country buffet and I feasted! Dalton is a cool little town with lots of restaurants and neat buildings. Once again I was offered a bike to tour the town. I hastily accepted! Tomorrow I get to see my sisters godparents for the first time since the beginning of June! That will definitely motivate me to hike the 19 miles to the highway.

Fish

Day 52: Congdon shelter to Wilbur clearing shelter

Hey guys!!

Did roughly 17 miles today! We are staying at a campsite just three miles below the summit of mt greylock which is the tallest mt in Massachusetts! There were some pretty interesting things that happened today:

-rode a bike into town for some discounted baked goods
-got caught in a storm
-slept in a four man tent set up by a YMCA group.
-crossed into Massachusetts

So when we went into williamstown, ma we found out about this couple who lent bikes to hikers so they could tour the town. My buddy and I took advantage of that and rode to the grocery store for some goods. I got some Gatorade, pretzels, and red velvet moon pies!

On our way up mt. Greylock, the skies let loose and we got poured on. Somehow my socks stayed relatively dry.

When we got to the shelter, it was full. While the group was eating dinner, we gave the advice on hiking such as how much food to bring, how to treat backcountry water, and how to eliminate weight from your pack. I felt like I was talking to a bunch of Boy Scouts!

For the night, I did not set up my tent. The group set up a nice tent for my buddy and I because of our understanding. I stayed dry throughout the night and I was only awoken once by a tree that had crashed down. Thank god no one was hurt!

Fish

P.s. I crossed into Massachusetts today!!!

Day 51: Goddard shelter to Congdon shelter

Hey folks,

Did 14.5 miles today and stopped in the town of Bennington, Vermont where I received my last package of food for the trip. From here on out I will be stopping at grocery stores to pick out my food. It will nice to change my diet after eating snickers, ramen, and trail mix for a month and a half! Anyway, some nice guy in town drove me to the trail and let me completely charge my cell phone! That was after I ate a big juicy burger and a banana split at friendly’s of course!

Fish

P.s. Less than three weeks to Pennsylvania!!!

Day 50: Stratton pond campsite to Goddard shelter

Hey guys! Did 19.3 miles today and I got to summit Stratton mountain where the idea for the long trail and the Appalachian trail were conceived! It was a pretty cool place with a fire tower and a ski gondola. This section of trail was very well maintained and it was a pleasant hike. I saw a couple of garter snakes slither across the trail. Someone told me that at the very southern end of Vermont lies a pile of rocks in which a snake den is present. Good thing it’s only garter snakes. Anyway, glad to be on the trail for 50 days. Time wise, I am about a third of the way done my hike. Mileage wise I still have about 1500 miles to go but it only gets better from here!

Fish

Day 49: Manchester center to Stratton pond campsite

Howdy!!

Did an easy 11 miles today and the trail was very easy! I can say one thing about Vermont; it’s muddy. Anyway, it was hard to leave the hostel in Manchester center. It was a pristine town with friendly people. I stopped in at the fishing shop to talk to the owner about possibly guiding in Vermont. He said it wasn’t for young people. So that’s a no go. On the bright side, he mentioned many rivers that I would like to fish including the Battenkill River! Tomorrow, I will summit Stratton mountain which has a great view of the green mountains.

Fish

Day 45: winturri shelter to us. Highway 4

Hey guys,

Another 20 miles today! Hard to believe I’m already close to 50 miles from Hanover! I definitely have my trail legs as I can cover more miles in a shorter amount of time without getting injured. I fueled up in Rutland, VT before pitching my tent along the highway. Tomorrow I will reach 500 miles! It’s been an amazing journey and I’ve met amazing people. Another 1500 miles to go!! Can’t wait to reach Pennsylvania to see family and Rebecca Moats!

Fish

P.s. I’ve been walking for the past month and a half. Boy how time flies!!!

Day 41: ore hill campsite to trapper john shelter

Howdy folks!

Today has been an extraordinary day!!! Here’s why:

-met two Penn state alumni
-completed my biggest hike through New Hampshire (19.5 miles)
-saw a momma bear with two cubs 25 yards away from me on the trail!!
-had two free ice cream bars
-flushed two ruffed grouse
-received a beer when I got to the shelter (pabst blue ribbon)

This is why I love the trail! Anything can happen. As an wise man once said, “expect nothing and anticipate everything.”

Day 40: kinsman notch to ore hill campsite

Howdy folks!

Today I did 16.6 miles and I summited mt moosilauke which means I have completed the white mountains!!! As thru hikers always say, from the whites to mt katahdin in Maine Is 20 percent of the trail but worth 80 percent of the effort! This is very true. The hardest part of the trail is now behind me and it’s time to start cranking out more miles. I figured out that I could be in Pennsylvania by August 10th!

P.s. I reached 400 miles today!!!

Fish

Day 39: Lincoln to kinsman notch

Howdy!

Did 16.3 miles which puts me one mountain away from completing the white mountains!!! Also, I will cross the 400 mile mark! I’ve come along way but the hardest part is now over. It’s smooth sailing from here. A lot more towns coming up and the wave of northbound thru hikers! Enjoying lots of time talking with different people and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead!

Fish

Day 43: Hanover, NH to happy hill shelter

Howdy!

Today was an easy day of 6 miles. After having a solid four days of hiking, I was ready for a little break. Hanover is such a cool town not only for the pretty sites such as Dartmouth College, but also for the support of hikers. I got a free donut because of it! Anyway, today I walked the biggest stretch of roads on the AT which totaled to about 3.5 miles! Happy to get some extra sleep at camp and can’t wait for the next couple days of hiking!

Fish

Day 36: Ethan pond campsite-Garfield ridge shelter

Hey everyone,

Today I did 14.5 miles and got to stop in at two different huts! At The first one, some guy gave me a bowl of soup and the second hut I got lemonade and cinnamon cake! It started to rain when my hiking was almost over. However, that did not darken my mood since I am 10 miles from town and I got to climb a waterfall before I reached my shelter!! I am now 360 miles in and I can consistently do 15 miles a day. My feet were a little sore this morning but no injuries and no headaches. I will be sad to leave the white mountains in less than a week. Vermont is not too far away and I will definitely be taking a zero day in Hanover so I can check out Dartmouth College.

Fish