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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: August 14, 2015

Six-Moon Journey: I don’t get gypped at Gyp’s Tavern

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 10, 2015: Rattlesnake Spring to US206 at Branchville, 14.9 miles, 8:45am to 4pm.

The campsite filled up after I retired last night. Found a number of tents and hammocks when I awoke.

Just ten minutes into the hike I came to a road crossing, and there I found folks from the Huntington (NJ) Hiking Club fixing a group of hikers a mighty fine breakfast of hamburgers, hot dogs, corn-on-the-cob, cold beer or soda, and a table full of other goodies. What a way to start the day!

Morning trail Magic with the Hunterdon Hiking Club. Carey Kish photo.

Morning trail Magic with the Hunterdon Hiking Club. Carey Kish photo.

Hung out and chatted with my hiker friends and our hosts for an hour before moving on. Fabulous hiking all day in great weather with many good views on Rattlesnake Mountain. Had my eye on Branchville at day’s end a little lakeside pub called Gyp’s Tavern. Made US206 and turned left to walk the quarter-mile to find the pub right there, just as I’d let it in 1977.

Oh my, the memories at Gyp's Tavern. Carey Kish photo.

Oh my, the memories at Gyp’s Tavern. Carey Kish photo.

Bunch of other thru-hikers were lounging in the sun out back on the chairs lining Kittatinny Lake. Enjoyed a few cold Yuenglings and a big burger and fries plate.

Ended up having an extended and rather pleasant evening at Gyp’s, which brought back some fine memories. Sidled out in the dark sometime around 11 and camped in the piney woods not far from the road.

Rattlesnake Mtn. Carey Kish photo.

Rattlesnake Mtn. Carey Kish photo.


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