“Do you still want the shuttle?” appeared in my Messenger alert. I watched the rain hitting the window pane, the tree limbs blowing in the early morning light, and wondered to myself if I did indeed want to be shuttled from this warm and dry place to the southern end of Shenandoah National Park atContinue reading “Two Flatlanders Attempt Mountains”
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Dioramas and Rhododendrons: Gettysburg
Chapter 10: Becoming a Backpacker After spending several days in Shenandoah National Park, and nearing our 100 mile goal, my hiking buddy, Robin, and I decided to indulge our inner history nerds and get in our last 10 miles of Appalachian Trail near Gettysburg, so that we could spend some time exploring the national historicContinue reading “Dioramas and Rhododendrons: Gettysburg”
Becoming a Backpacker, Ch. 9 Shenandoah National Park: Mountains and a Bear!
Two days in Shenandoah National Park–getting closer to our 100 mile AT goal. (July 2017)
Becoming a Backpacker, Chapter 8: Flash Floods and Changes of Plans
As we left the trailhead in Harpers Ferry, mist quickly wetted our clothing and skin. The forest felt lush, and we easily followed the white blazes along a trail that was alternately soft packed dirt, puncheon, and lichen-covered rock. Eventually the mist stopped, but there were thunderstorms in the forecast for later on in theContinue reading “Becoming a Backpacker, Chapter 8: Flash Floods and Changes of Plans”
Becoming a Backpacker, Chapter 7: Adventures on the AT: Hosteling in Harpers Ferry
Our second day on the Appalachian Trail was more steamy green tunnel with bigger ups and downs than I was used to, being a Midwesterner. The bliss of being on the trail had not worn off though, and as we sweated our way down the trail, we laughed about what our friends back in Michigan,Continue reading “Becoming a Backpacker, Chapter 7: Adventures on the AT: Hosteling in Harpers Ferry”
Becoming a Backpacker, Chapter 6: Our Appalachian Trail Adventure Begins
In which my friend Robin and I begin a 100 mile hike on the Appalachian Trail.