September 12-13, 2015
“It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent.”
– Dave Barry
The Appalachian Trial is special. But, I don’t believe it necessarily comes from the scenery or toughness; but rather from the camaraderie and time you spend with others in nature. A Walk in the Woods wouldn’t have been nearly as fun to read if it was Bill Bryson hiking solo, instead of Bryson and Katz together.
From a subjective viewpoint, backpacking sounds crazy. You hike mile upon mile in the rain carrying all your belongings on your back, slip over every wet rock and root, go over mountains sweating more under your rain gear than is raining, sleep under a tent in the rain, wake up and it’s freezing, get out of your tent only because you have to use the bathroom, pack all your wet belongings back together and then hike some more.
Strangely, without modern conveniences camping is where you learn the most about other people; and it’s wonderful. You get to sit around a fire and laugh, share stories, talk to each other, and laugh some more.
Derek, Tony, William, Bishop, Doug, Frank, Josh and I had a great weekend on the A.T. from Max Patch to Hot Springs.
Total mileage is 20.6 miles.