Back on the trail in Pennsylvania yesterday heading north.
Was accompanied by my great friend Jim Hayslett who drove me to the trailhead from Washington DC and hiked with me to Quarry Gap shelter.
Fall is in full swing in Pennsylvania with colorful foliage.
Pennsylvania is relatively flat but very rocky. It’s also dry and finding water can be challenging.
The trail is covered with fallen leaves. Recognize any of these?
I’m Heading north once again,
A traditional thru hiker is known as a Nobo or a Sobo, depending on whether they headed northbound or southbound to complete the hike. After the hike, a southbound thru hiker documents his/her accomplishment by signing
ME >> GA, 2016
My situation is a little more complicated than that. I started northbound from Georgia, but when I got off the trail in May, I “leap frogged” ahead to NJ, then I kept hiking north to Maine. Then I came back to Pennsylvania and “flip flopped” by heading southbound for 400 miles. When I get to Bland, VA in 4 days, I will have arrived at the spot that I left the trail on May 12. Then my plan is to “flip flop” again by heading northbound from Pennsylvania to NJ at which time I will have covered all 2189.4 miles.
If I am fortunate enough to accomplish that feat, I’ll be signing all important documents in this fashion
Here’s a couple from today
The Keffer Oak (white oak) – the oldest tree on the southern AT – estimated to be over 300 years old
Your leap frogging flip flopper,
Thanks to the help of my highly talented daughter, Rebecca, I’m once again able to upload photos
I’ve been finding persimmon fruits here and there on the ground but was never able to identify the persimmon tree. While hiking along a ridge two days ago, I found the tree (the bark, the leaf, and the fruit)
I also crossed a small reptile and a very large one
The snake was over 6 feet long and sitting right in the trail. Any herpetologists out there?
The fruit of jack in the pulpit
Trying to conserve battery power because I’m on a long stretch between electrical outlets – 7 days.
All for now,
The rain let up last night just as strong, gusty winds started. I was in my tent and I felt like the sky was falling. All kinds of things came raining down – mainly leaves and acorns and an occasional branch – fortunately nothing big enough to do any damage.
Today was sunny, cold, and windy – more sunny weather in the forecast
Busted out my wool cap.
Having trouble uploading photos since I “upgraded” the operating system on my iPhone.
Got one, uploaded, though
More about persimmons when I get my technical isssues resolved.
A slave to technology,
Lots of rain for the past 3 days has swollen the streams
And turned the trail into a little river
Spots like this were bone dry a few days ago
Views from the day
Not expecting sunshine every day,
Finding good water to drink is a concern every day. My preference is to find a spring (as opposed to a stream or a pond – or even a treated water source) . Here’s an example of a spring gushing from the ground near the trail
I’ve had trouble photographing salamanders. I usually turn over a few rocks whenever I cross a stream, but they are hard to catch – and their movement is very interesting. So I found this rather large one and got some video
It’s been raining for two days and I found refuge in a Howard Johnson’s in Daleville VA – didn’t know HoJo’s were still around
On my way into town I collected some gems
Paw paws, chestnuts, hickory nuts, and walnuts. Hope u can tell which is which.
Crossed interstate 81
Found some nice fungi
And some colorful acorns
Got a few views by the end of the day
Had dinner with my German hiking friend Walking Tree
Heading out into the rain with hope of clearing skies this afternoon,
I’ve been impressed by the color of acorns this week. Some of them look like apples
I’ve been hiking along the Blue Ridge with nice views on either side – occasionally crossing the Blue Ridge Parkway
Always some nice fungi
See the Blue Ridge Parkway just to the right of the dead tree?
And I found another chestnut tree with fruit
A few more
Pulling for the Red Sox tomorrow night,