Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike, West Virginia to Pennsylvania

Written by Afterburner. Added on June 6, 2006.

This travelogue was written while hiking the Appalachian Trail. Every once in a while Afterburner had a chance to let us all know about what he had seen and where he was. You might want to start reading from the beginning of the log.

Nice to be back on the trail again after 5 days off visiying relatives in Washington, DC over the holidays. Am now in Duncannon, Pennsylvania and have hiked 1149 miles and still feel good, except for sore feet from all the rocks each night.

Left Harper’s Ferry late and stopped 8 miles at the first shelter. While lighting a camp fire for the night, we saw a 2 foot copperhead snake come out from under a rock, he crawled under the shelter.

Hiked next day, stopped at Gathland State Park, saw the War Correspondent’s Monument, the only one in the US. Also the site of a Civil War battle. Also stopped at the Monument Park, saw the first monument to George Washington, looks like a giant stone milk bottle. Met two Eagle Scouts there, drying thier clothes from the night’s rain. Had dinner with four other hikers at the Dogpatch Tavern, they let us pitch our tents in the back yard.

Following day, met back up with Sandman, a hiker who I hiked with some time ago, also hooked up with Don Quixote again along with Headinout & Taginalong. Great to be hiking with the old gang again. Hiked thru Antietam Park & Calidonia State Park.

Saw a pilliated woodpecker today. Looks like the cartoon character with black wings, white tipped, with a full red head & stands two feet high.

Hiked to Iron Furnace State Park and stayed at the mansion, what a great hostel. Park has camping and two lakes for swimming. Hiked to Boiling Springs and stayed at the farmer’s campground. They have a Veterans park in the center of town. Following day, hiked 25 miles to Duncannon, Pennsylvania. The first half of the day was easy, thru cornfields and farms, the afternoon was spent climbing up over a mountain and over six miles of rocks. My feet are not happy.

Taking today off to relax and recoup. Until next time,

Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike