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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 23, 2015

Six-Moon Journey: Closing out the month of June in style

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 30, 2015: Rausch Gap Shelter to 501 Shelter, 17.5 miles, 9am to 6pm.

Last day of June, wow! Down for the night in the bunkhouse known as 501, just a short distance from PA501. Warm and dry here on a rainy night. Took a cold shower in the solar shower. A bit shocking but at least I’m clean.

Ordered pizza and soda along with a few of the other hikers, delivered in no time from nearby Pine Grove. Two pieces left over are for breakfast. Washed my stinky clothes but I doubt they’ll dry on the line.

Raining early this morning so I slept in and hung out until it stopped. Coffee and cocoa and a Pop-Tart before I left.

Crossing Swatara Creek. Carey Kish photo.

Crossing Swatara Creek. Carey Kish photo.

Good walking most of the day. Not much sun, but humid as all get out. Sweated bullets. Crossed a bunch of roads, some pretty busy. Then under I-81. Up and over Second Mountain, then through Swatara State Park. Final up led to Blue Mountain, or so I think from what I can discern from my AT strip maps.

Good ridge walking rest of day. Some rough stretches of classic Pennsylvania rocks. A few viewpoints, but other than that, it was just a long green tunnel of woods walking.

The rocky way get rougher the further north and east you go on the AT in PA. Carey Kish photo.

The rocky way get rougher the further north and east you go on the AT in PA. Carey Kish photo.

Another night out tomorrow night, then I’m in Port Clinton. Heard from a hiker friend ahead that the classic hotel and bar there is closed this week. Damn. Guess I’ll go into Hamburg to resupply, eat and drink, and stay overnight. Need all of that and some decent WiFi.

Viewpoint on Blue Mountain. Carey Kish photo.

Viewpoint on Blue Mountain. Carey Kish photo.

Call to Fran at home tonight. Nice to hear her voice and feel the connection. Home in two weeks for a nice albeit short break from the trail. I’ll have about 700 miles left when I get back out here last week of July.

I’m coming New England!

Thru-hikers holed up at 501 Shelter. Carey Kish photo.

Thru-hikers holed up at 501 Shelter. Carey Kish photo.

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