Finally got to catch up with Mouse and meet her trail family. We had a good visit. I’ll back up a little and pick up from where she left off with her pictures and videos:
August 6th, mile 827.8 Wawayanda Shelter
Pennsylvania has had a ton of trail magic. The 3 guys that Mouse is hiking with have family close around the area and they have been spoiling them. Family members have met them with food, taken them off trail, brought them more food, helped with resupply, given them places to stay . . . just a plethora of assistance. I know it’s much appreciated by Mouse, much appreciated by her parents also. The picture above was when Missions family took them to their house.
August 8th, mile 852.4 Wooden Tower
The pictures below are the sunset the night of the 8th at Wooden Tower, PA and then the sunrise the morning of the 9th also at Wooden Tower, PA
August 9th, mile 883.2 Catfish Tower Lookout
August 10th, mile 896.1 Delaware Water Gap
August 11th, mile 912.6 Hahns Overlook
So this is the ‘what the heck’ look from Mouse and D. Apparently a woman who was going to day hike wanted to start at the trail head but needed her car where she would finish. So, she gave her keys to 2 complete strangers, Mouse and D, and asked them to drive her car to where she would finish her hike, park it and leave the keys. So they obliged and with a quick stop at Dunkin for iced coffee, dropped off her car, left the keys and got back on the AT. So weird
August 13th, mile 932.9 Eckville Shelter
August 14th mile 971.6 Hamburg PA
Pennsylvania is beautiful to drive through and also to hike. Some hikers call it Rocksylvaina because of the large pointed rocks that you have to hike over. Mouse says it’s a great state to hike and she has really enjoyed her time there. Of course this year in PA she has been picked up several times by family of the hikers she’s with, so the food and company might have something to do with her enjoyment!!!
This is how we usually pick Mouse and her friends up . . . dirty, hungry, bug bites, smelly, rashes, scratches you name it!!! Then, this is how we help them recharge . . . rest, food, resupply, showers, clean clothes, did I mention food? Lots of food and maybe a few drinks, some TV and some more rest.
And back into the woods they go. It was a great trip. Hopefully all are full, clean and well rested. Next comes the half way point at mile 1094.6 and then Harpers Ferry, WV where The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is located. They have several resources there to help the hikers in many ways. The town is located where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet at the corner of PA, WV and MD It’s a quaint, historic town. We got to drive through and have lunch, but I would love to take a few days to check it all out in the near future. Happy trail Mouse, half of the trail behind you and the next half in front!