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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 6, 2015

Six-Moon Journey: Slacking it out of Front Royal

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 16, 2015: Ashby Gap (US50) south to US522 (Front Royal), 20.0 miles, 9:15am to 5:30pm.

A big slack packing day! Arranged to have a local, Shellie, meet DB and me at 8:30 for a shuttle north to Ashby Gap for today’s 29-miler south back to here and another glorious night’s stay.

Sky Meadows State Park. Carey Kish photo.

Sky Meadows State Park. Carey Kish photo.

Eggs, sausage, toast and yogurt with mulberries and blueberries for breaky, fixed by our host Scott Jenkins. Then we were out the door and on the road. The shuttle was a heckuva deal for $20.

The best part of the day came early, with wonderful walking through the high meadows of Sky Meadows State Park. Mostly woods walking the rest of the day, which was all pleasant enough. Warm but nit too hot out, but incredibly humid. Will never get used to it.

Met Scott Jurek north of Front Royal. Jurek is trying to break the AT speed record. Good luck! Carey Kish photo.m

Met Scott Jurek north of Front Royal. Jurek is trying to break the AT speed record. Good luck! Carey Kish photo.

Today’s route took us over three major hills, but no climb was more than 1000 feet. Lunched on a store-bought sandwich, chips and cookies at Manassas Gap Shelter in the company of many familiar thru-hiker faces,

South of VA55 and I-66, climbed up to the lovely open meadow that Fran and her niece and I hiked to Thanksgiving 2010. Finished off the big hike in good time, making straight for the at the hostel for several glasses of ice cold lemonade. Then grabbed my last beer and headed for the shower.

Met my good trail friends Roogaroo and Palamino on the slack pack day. Carey Kish photo.

Met my good trail friends Roogaroo and Palamino on the slack pack day. Carey Kish photo.

Later, Scott drove three of us, DB, Gary and me, into town to PaveMint, a new bar and restaurant with 33 beers on tap. Enjoyed a lager and a pale ale plus a good meal of crab cakes. Then it was over to Food Lion for a bag of groceries. Caught a magnificent sunset over the shopping center parking lot while waiting fir our ride back.

Finished this fine day with a few beers outside on the lawn and some good hiker company. Love this hostel, one of the best places I’ve stayed on the entire hike.

Nice country near Manassas Gap. Carey Kish photo.

Nice country near Manassas Gap. Carey Kish photo.

 

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