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 9, 2015: Delaware Water Gap to Rattlesnake Spring, 13.5 miles, 8:45am to 5pm.
I’m totally relaxed after a day and two nights at the Bacchettas. Thank you folks! For the good company, steak, pizza, beer, everything!
Janet drove me back to DWG and I slack packed the mile from the village across the Delaware River to the trailhead parking lot near the visitor center. There I grabbed my full pack and we started off. Janet hiked the five miles to Sunfish Pond. No camping here now, so the place looks cleaned up. Misty here when we arrive. We take a few pics and then Janet heads back down.
The bright sun appears and roasts me as I hike along the pond, taking lots of photos. Up Kittatinny Mountain, I enjoy great views from its craggy peak. Pass the road to AMCs Mohican Outdoor Center and continue on to Catfish Lookout Tower. Nice spot with picnic table. I climb the tower for views and see that the cab has good windows. Wish I could camp here but I’m out of water.
I push on the the campsite at Rattlesnake Spring. Skies are dark by then and I just barely get dinner cooked and eaten before the thunderstorm strikes. Big boomers, heavy rain, lightning. Quite the storm, but I’m dry and cozy in my tent, if a bit hot and sweaty from the humidity.