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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 24, 2015

Six-Moon Journey: Muddy, rocky, slippery, sloppy trail leads over the 1,200-mile mark

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.

July 1, 2015: 501 Shelter to Eagles Nest Shelter, 15.1 miles, 8:45am to 4pm.

If Port Clinton were five miles and not nine miles, I’d have gone on. But instead I’m staying here after 15 miles. Call it an early afternoon. Damn, I so want to make miles so I can get to Delaware Water Gap and then on toward Bear Mountain Bridge, which all spells “home” to me at this point. But I can only do so much and get so far.

Rained heavily most of last night. Thunder and lightning early on before I fell asleep. Slept well, even through the snoring. Lots of commotion around 7 with 8-10 hikers getting up and going. I lazed in my bunk till 7:45 and was out an hour later. After eating my two slices of leftover pizza of course.

Getting weary of PA's bruising rocks already. Carey Kish photo.

Getting weary of PA’s bruising rocks already. Carey Kish photo.

Muddy, rocky, slippery, sloppy trail most of the day. No falls though. The big downer on the rocks yesterday was enough for awhile. Another day of walking through the long green tunnel. Some sun, some clouds, some humidity. All in all, not bad. Mostly I just kept my feet moving and mind active to pass the hours.

Only 1,000 miles to go! Carey Kish photo.

Only 1,000 miles to go! Carey Kish photo.

Oh, and I passed the 1,200-mile mark. Yeah! Made my own little sign out of huckleberry leaves.

Easy Strider is here desperately trying to kindle a fire. Outtro is here with her dad. And there’s me.

Outro at Eagles Nest. Carey Kish photo.

Outro at Eagles Nest. Carey Kish photo.

Port Clinton tomorrow early, then a thumb the two miles to Hamburg at I-78. Microtel for room, laundry, food and drink, and WiFi. Food Lion for groceries to DWG, and Cabela’s for a canister of fuel. All good.

There were miles of icky mud in-between the rocky stretches today. Carey Kish photo.

There were miles of icky mud in-between the rocky stretches today. Carey Kish photo.

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