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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: August 13, 2015

six-Moon Journey: Loving the ridges of New Jersey

Written by: Carey Kish

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

July 9, 2015: Delaware Water Gap to Rattlesnake Spring, 13.5 miles, 8:45am to 5pm.

I’m totally relaxed after a day and two nights at the Bacchettas. Thank you folks! For the good company, steak, pizza, beer, everything!

Janet drove me back to DWG and I slack packed the mile from the village across the Delaware River to the trailhead parking lot near the visitor center. There I grabbed my full pack and we started off. Janet hiked the five miles to Sunfish Pond. No camping here now, so the place looks cleaned up. Misty here when we arrive. We take a few pics and then Janet heads back down.

Lovely Sunfish Pond. Carey Kish photo.

Lovely Sunfish Pond. Carey Kish photo.

The bright sun appears and roasts me as I hike along the pond, taking lots of photos. Up Kittatinny Mountain, I enjoy great views from its craggy peak. Pass the road to AMCs Mohican Outdoor Center and continue on to Catfish Lookout Tower. Nice spot with picnic table. I climb the tower for views and see that the cab has good windows. Wish I could camp here but I’m out of water.

Beautiful Kittatinny Ridge. Carey Kish photo.

Beautiful Kittatinny Ridge. Carey Kish photo.

I push on the the campsite at Rattlesnake Spring. Skies are dark by then and I just barely get dinner cooked and eaten before the thunderstorm strikes. Big boomers, heavy rain, lightning. Quite the storm, but I’m dry and cozy in my tent, if a bit hot and sweaty from the humidity.

What is says! Carey Kish photo.

What is says! Carey Kish photo.

Catfish Fire Tower. Carey Kish photo.

Catfish Fire Tower. Carey Kish photo.

 

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