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Appalachian Trail... photos and journal

Spring of 2002... Leaving the south...


(Page 4 of 4 pages)


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More of that mystery snake that had every opportunity to bite me, but didn't.


Port Clinton, Pennsylvania


I had lunch at the Port Clinton Hotel which was the biggest plate of food that I've ever had anywhere on the AT!

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Downtown Port Clinton, another one of those historically rich communities.

Another wild creature whose life and trail ended on the AT.

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I believe that I photographed a white cluster similar to this several pages back.

On Pulpit Rock late in the day.


From my journal (June 1st) Day-46..."Humidity was down a bit today which was nice, but it was still deathly hot! Terrain wise it was almost a perfectly level walk all the way to Lehigh Gap, but the trail remained very rock challenging all the way. Early on it was great running into five other thru-hikers and I ended up having lunch at the restaurant with Ram Bunny, Bag-Of-Tricks, and Dale America. Ran into a ridge runner at the shelter just before Lehigh Gap and he warned me about a five mile toxic section just ahead so I hiked late and got a mile past Little Gap. Long, hot day and Iím tired, yet so satisfied."


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Pennsylvania as seen from the "Cliffs".

Lehigh Gap was booming with traffic and had to be crossed carefully but it wasn't long until all that noise just faded away.

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Celebrating near the top after climbing up from Lehigh Gap.

I don't normally like to see grafitti in the wilds but had to make an exception in this case!

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OK... White, yellow, and now a pink cluster.

After climbing out of Lehigh Gap you have to pass through a toxic zone all the way to Little Gap. Seems that a now defunct zinc-smeltering plant left the area contaminated and looking more like the surface of Mars than Earth.

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Seemed like the trees growth was stunted in this toxic area.

I had to pull loose several ticks during my hike. I took a picture of this fellow as a souvenir!

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Although it was a toxic area I witnessed one of the most beautiful sunsets from here.


From my journal (June 2nd) Day-47..."This ended up being one of my toughest days, for whatever reasons. I woke up and feeling somewhat tired then I had to deal with those endless Pennsylvania rocks planted in the trail like a million land mines to dodge in every mile. Water continued to be extremely scarce in this section and I retrieved it in all three spots, going Ĺ mile off the trail at Leroy Smith Shelter.

The 20 miles that I already had behind me didnít help when I had to deal with the rock-toughest section of trail so far from Wind Gap to Wolf Rocks. Today tiredness finally caught up with me and I stopped at the first water (Eureka Creek) to set up camp. My body was so exhausted but I was now only a mile from town. "


This fellow didn't blend in too well with it's surroundings. It probably became some creatures supper!

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Farmland as seen from the ridge just before reaching Delaware Water Gap.

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