Trail Angels

I had packed out three liters of water the night before. I’d drunk a liter and a half by the time I went to sleep. In the morning, I used a little over half a liter for breakfast and drinking. I had about 3/4 of a liter to get me to my next water source. … Continue reading Trail Angels

The Heat Is On!

I woke up early, and was on the trail by 6:00 a.m. the next morning. I was hearing rumors of heat indexes nearing 105. I wanted to get most of my hiking done before it really started to heat up. I was drenched in sweat before 7:00 a.m. I would be going into Duncannon, PA. … Continue reading The Heat Is On!

Pennsylvania Polka

I had a mail drop waiting in the next town at the Post Office, but if I left that day, I would arrive in Duncannon on a Sunday when the Post Office was closed. This would require an overnight stay to pick up the package on Monday. Since the hotel I was at in Mt. … Continue reading Pennsylvania Polka

My Slackpack Day

I was dropped off at Boiling Springs, PA, to hike back to Pine Grove Furnace State Park. There is an ATC office there. It was closed when I arrived. The town of Boiling Springs was very quaint. Again, I was glad that I had the chance to drive the roads OFF the trail. The slackpack … Continue reading My Slackpack Day


Thankfully, the rain was gone by morning, but I still had to pack up a wet tent. A wet tent makes for a heavier backpack! I had more rocks and mud, but the trail had flattened out a lot! The bugs have been bad due to all of the standing water. I have been starting … Continue reading Maryland

Leaving Harper’s Ferry

I left Harper’s Ferry bright and early. The rain had moved on, but left a raging, roiling Shenandoah river. Part of the hike away from Harper’s Ferry took me right by the Shenandoah. Part of the trail near there was closed due to flooding. I just kept praying there would be no flash flooding. The … Continue reading Leaving Harper’s Ferry