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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

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Posted: July 13, 2015

Six-Moon Journey: Across the Cumberland Valley

Written by: Carey Kish

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

June 25, 2015: Boiling Springs to Darlington Shelter, 14.3 miles, 11:30am to 7pm.

Next to last to break camp this morning, but no worries, because I’d planned a relatively easy day.

Slept like a baby I think, felt like it anyway, even if I did hear every train rumble past during the night. The tracks can’t be 200 feet from the campsite. I love trains, though, and all their associated noise, the horns and wheels grinding and all that.

Into the village by 9 to have breakfast at Caffe 101. Was really wowed by the most excellent plate of bacon and eggs they served for a very reasonable price. Hung out there for several hours drinking coffee, playing on the Internet, writing blog posts, and reading several newspapers. A relaxing start to the day.

In the cornfields of the Cumberland Valley. Carey Kish photo.

Walking amid the soybeans of the Cumberland Valley. Carey Kish photo.

But the miles would not happen on their own, so after a brief visit at the ATC regional office, I hiked out of town. Loved my time in Boiling Springs!

Today’s walk across the Cumberland Valley was through woods and across fields of corn and soynbeans, and at no time was I far from civilized sights and sounds. Crossed a bunch of roads, including the Penna Turnpike, Middlesex Turnpike, and I-81.

Crossing the busy Middlesex Turnpike. Carey Kish photo.

Crossing the busy Middlesex Turnpike. Carey Kish photo.

At the Middlesex Turnpike (US11), I veered off trail a half-mile to the Middlesex Diner, where I enjoyed a hearty late lunch of hot roast beef and mashed potatoes, salad and blueberry. Good food, and plenty of it for not a lot of money. Worth the side trip for sure.

The rain that had threatened all day started in earnest on my walk back to the trail. The steady but light shower followed me the rest of the afternoon. I gave it a short break at the pedestrian tunnel under PA944, then I grunted up the final couple miles to Darlington Shelter. I was prepared to tent, but was happy to grab the last spot in the shelter.

Darlington Shelter. Carey Kish photo.

Darlington Shelter. Carey Kish photo.

The family of 7 were there, as were a handful of other thru’s, including Mak and Cheese. Some were around in their tents and hammocks. With no need to cook supper after the big meal at lunch, I got myself situated and was in bed at 7:30. Funny thing, so was everybody else, guess we were all tired. I know I was. Rain continued into the night, at least until I fell asleep.

Carey Kish photo.

Carey Kish photo.


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