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.
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.
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.