Appalachian Trail Journals 09-26-03

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

Entry #152 – September 26, 2003

7:25 PM – Was a pretty nice night in the shelter, I suppose. No mice that I noticed, and no snoring. Got a later start than we should have – quarter after 8. Had some really rocky trails in sections that should otherwise be a breeze & I was cursing all the people along the way who told us the 100 Mile Wilderness was a cakewalk.

Had a pretty big ford to do at Long Pond Stream. All the fords before this we’ve rock-hopped. Probably not a smart idea with a couple feet of rushing water below you and a thick coat of slime on the rocks. Andy found a good enough spot & made it across. I don’t know if it’s my short legs or my crappy balance, but I am very poor at rock-hopping (even though I’ve been lucky to this point) and decided to just put on my sandals and get wet. It actually felt pretty nice and didn’t get too deep – just a couple of feet or so.

From there it was up Barren Mtn. (mtns – another thing I thought we would be rid of in the Wilderness – HA!). We passed some really nice spots & views – Barren Slide & Barren Ledges.

The rest of the day was more more more roots & rocks & slick mud. Can’t believe I didn’t fall – I think Andy did once or twice. Made it the 16 miles to Chairback Gap Lean-to – just before dark, which is early now – maybe 6:30.

There are tons here – full shelter so we’re tenting. There’s just a bit of misty drizzle, but I don’t think it’s supposed to really rain. Hoping to do 18 tomorrow. Sherpa’s wife is doing trail magic 5 miles from here. Hamburgers in the 100 Mile Wilderness – woohooooo!