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Carey Kish

Carey Kish of Mount Desert Island has been adventuring in the woods and mountains of Maine for, well, a long time. If there’s a trail—be it on dirt, rock, snow, water or pavement—he will find it, explore it, and write about it. Carey is a two-time Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, Registered Maine Guide, author of AMC’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast, editor of the AMC Maine Mountain Guide (10th ed.), and has written a hiking & camping column for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram since 2003. Follow his outdoor travels and musings here, and on Facebook/CareyKish. Let Carey know what you think at MaineOutdoors@aol.com.

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Posted: July 3, 2015

Six-Moon Journey: Out of the Shenandoahs

Written by: Carey Kish

Carey Kish is thru-hiking the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. He is currently in Virginia. Entries from Carey’s trail journal are presented here. You can also follow his journey on Facebook.

June 15, 2015: Hogwallow Flats to US522, Front Royal, 10.1 miles, 8am to 12:30pm.

Awesome sleep last night, warm as it was. Broke camp without coffee or breakfast. Bounded over Compton Peak and descended to Tom Floyd Wayside, a trail side shelter. Left Shenandoah National Park just prior. Snacked up at the shelter, then continued to the road. One more grunt of a hill and then down I was.

Crossed the highway and followed the trail as it paralleled US522 for about a half-mile. Where it bore sharply left I went out to the road and followed it 100 yards to the glorious Mountain Home Cabbin and B&B. Sweet little brick house wit

h 6 beds. I settled in upstairs, had a fabulous shower, then several glasses of cold lemonade from the fridge. Life is good.

Owners Scott and Lisa will shuttle us into Front Royal later for groceries, laundry and a meal. Yeah! Nice setup for hikers here, all for just $20.

On the way out of Shenandoah National Park. Carey Kish photo.

On the way out of Shenandoah National Park. Carey Kish photo.

Harpers Ferry in 3-4 days. Will pass the 1000-mile mark en route…

Evening… Caught a ride into town with Lisa. Did laundry, had a burger lunch, bought a small Jim Beamer at the ABC store, and grabbed some groceries. Back after 3 hours. Then she gave me and DB and tour of the historic Greek Revival home they are restoring. Pretty amazing project, got me thinking about what I’d learned while touring Historic Deerfield in MA last fall.

Microwave pizza and several beers later, I’ve finished up much of my blogging and am near ready for bed. Have arranged for a slack pack tomorrow morning after breakfast to Ashby Gap, from which we’ll hike 20 miles back to here for a second night’s stay.

Then it’ll be a backpack to Bears Den Hostel, then another slack pack to Harpers Ferry…

Trail volunteers like this gent near Tom Floyd Wayside are the real heart and soul of the AT. Carey Kish photo.

Trail volunteers like this gent near Tom Floyd Wayside are the real heart and soul of the AT. Carey Kish photo.

 

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