6/15- Entered New Jersey!! We are back to pumping miles, we went 28 miles to Branchville, where I gorged myself on steamed clams in town.
6/16- Another 28 miles, and we actually had to stay at a shelter and cook on our stoves. New Jersey is quite lovely; we hiked past ponds, saw some BIG snakes, and finally got to see some views.
Hitchhiking into town
6/17- It poured all morning, so we slept in (til 7am, yes that's sleeping in on "trail time." About 9pm is "hiker midnight") and only hiked 6 miles until Dreamer (Porter's wife) met us with homebaked cookies and Boddington's! She drove us to Chester, where we enjoyed a delicious seafood dinner at the Lobster Pier. Pace and I drove to the next town over and picked up my carepackage from Steve and Amy. There was A LOT of food (even for me), so I was happy that Caboose, Upstate and Loophole showed up to share too! After I met up with a friend from home, Justin McCoubrey and his buddy Mike, and we hit up the local carnival!!
I met Steve in Boiling Springs and he and his wife sent this huge box of goodies! Thanks!
6/18- We ran into AT royalty 501. He used to own the rights to edit and publish The AT Guide, the logistic book most hikers use. We slackpacked 15 miles and entered NY!! Then we met Dreamer who took us to get ice cream! We then filled up our packs with a 12 pack each and hiked 2 miles in to a shelter. Dreamer packed us sandwich meat and made smore's! YUM!
6/19- We said goodbye to Dreamer, as she carried out 36 empty beer cans. Thanks for everything Dreamer! We sweated out 19 miles, and saw a baby turtle and LOTS of deer. There are more hills in NY, we were getting quite lazy going through Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.We met Patio, a past thru hiker, who was doing trail magic. Thanks for the hot dogs and gatorades! On full tummies, we hiked up to The Lemon Squeezer, a narrow gap between rocks.
The Lemon Squeezer
6/20- Tented last night, since the mosquitoes are getting quite bad. We use bug spray with Deet, to keep away bugs as well as ticks. This morning we woke up at 5, and hiked 9.4 miles and met Pace's friend, Fix. He brought us donuts, sandwich fixin's, gatorade, and snacks. We also met another day hiker who gave us strawberries, blueberries and plums. YUM. Thanks guys! With Fix, we hiked a bit further along the trail. The trail literally passes through a zoo! It was strange to see so many of the animals we've been seeing in the wild in cages, but the are all rescued animals, so it's ok. We are in Fort Montgomery now, waiting for 501, since he promised us the, "Best BBQ on the whole AT," and he's buying!
Beaver in the zoo!