Appalachian Trail Journals 08-14-03

Journals From A 2003 Thru-Hike of the Appalachian Trail (by Loony)

Entry #118 – August 14, 2003

8:00 PM – Had a nice view of the sunrise this morning from Kid Gore Shelter. Sun! How great it is. No rain today, no storms.

Did another long day – 20 miles to the William B. Douglas shelter. What a dump this place is. We’re the only ones here, too. Decided to tent cause the shelter’s old and nasty.

Saw some moose tracks on the trail today. We weren’t sure if we were in moose territory yet, but I guess so. We really have the feeling of being up north, now. Bigger mtns, pines, rivers. Vermont seems nice so far. Went over Stratton Mtn, which I think is the highest mtn on the trail in VT – 3,936 ft! It wasn’t so bad. Had a gorgeous view at the top, from the fire tower. On a clear day you can see the Whites in NH. Didn’t stay up too long, cause it was so windy we were getting nervous!

I took a couple of falls today. Here I worried about Andy falling, cause he tripped a couple times yesterday & went down and today it was me. The second time was in a mud puddle and I banged my knee pretty good. Hope I can walk on it tomorrow – it might stiffen up.

Into Manchester Center tomorrow to resupply & we might even catch a movie!