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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 8, 2015

Six-Moon Journey: Across the Potomac and into Maryland

Written by: Carey Kish

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

June 19, 2015: Harpers Ferry to Crampton Gap Shelter, 11.0 miles, 1:30pm to 6:30pm.

Group of scouts have monopolized the shelter. Guess it’s that time of year. Will have to plan accordingly, or perhaps just bump some of them off. Tenting nearby above the spring. 75F at 8:45 and not a breath of air. Isn’t this weather grand?

Econolodge in Harpers Ferry was top notch. Everything was clean and worked, as it should be. Pretty fine hot breakfast too.

Me with trail icons Bob  Proudman and Laurie Potteiger at ATC in Harpers Ferry. Carey Kish photo.

Me with trail icons Bob Proudman and Laurie Potteiger at ATC in Harpers Ferry. Carey Kish photo.

DB, Roogaroo and Palamino left for DC by train very early. I slept in, had breaky, then wrote at the desk in the room until 11, checkout time. Thinking the trio will catch me ahead at some point.

Trundled over to the ATC office, where I had a wonderful 1 1/2 hour sit down with Bob Proudman and Laurie Potteiger, as well as a handful of summer interns. Great discussion about the trail and how it has changed in the last four decades. Took plenty of notes for an upcoming column.

Along the C&O Canal Towpath. Carey Kish photo.

Along the C&O Canal Towpath. Carey Kish photo.

The Potomac River from Weverton Cliffs MD. Carey Kish photo.

The Potomac River from Weverton Cliffs MD. Carey Kish photo.

Walked back to the PO to mail home a small box of unneeded things, then had a slice of pizza at Mena’s. Yum.

Walked down into the historic district proper, bought a few grocery items at Town’s Inn, then headed out. Not much activity in town today, a few people milling about at best. I just didn’t have if in me to spend time exploring any of the sites or checking out the museums. I did all of that in ’77 and probably should have again, but I just wanted to get moving north, and do I did.

Crossed the Potomac River on a footbridge attached to the railroad bridge, then walked the old C&O Canal Towpath for a couple miles. Up a 1000 feet or so to Weverton Cliffs for the classic view from the rocks over the river.

The rest of the afternoon was just a long, steady and rather easy ridge walk. Stopped to rest briefly at the Ed Garvey Shelter, then again at Gathland State Park.

Hoping for 15-20 miles tomorrow. Have a beer and meal at South Mountain Tavern and shower at Dahlgren Campground on my entertainment list.

Lots of Civil War history at Gathland State Park at Cramptons Gap. Carey Kish photo.

Lots of Civil War history at Gathland State Park at Cramptons Gap. Carey Kish photo.

 

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