Hiking the Appalachian Trail #2
Springer Mountain to Mount Katahdin
103 days, 2,100 miles, May-Jul, 2009
2009-08-13Jenny: Ray is in Maine, on the Appalachian Trail. He's still having fun, despite all the rain and the muddy trail. Here is an excerpt from his journal from a couple days ago:
Today was "The Adventures of Plain Ol' Ray." I had stayed overnight at a hostel in town. When I woke up I was quite hungry so I ate some cereal with fresh milk. In fact, I ate the contents of the whole box along with the whole quart of milk. And for dessert - breakfast dessert, that is - I ate a pint of ice cream. This is a typical example of thru-hikers' appetites, and their extreme need for calories. The hiking was nice today, in fact all afternoon I kept seeing good camping spots. Of course, I wasn't ready to stop and make camp yet. Much later, in the evening, I was just hiking along, it was almost dark, when all of a sudden something's charging at me. It looked like a horse and the front legs were up in the air and coming at me. It was a moose! And he knocked me right over into the mud. Of course, that patch of mud was the only one around, and of course, I landed right in it. I was so mad at that moose for knocking me over in the mud. I yelled at him, "You doggone moose! Don't knock hikers over into the mud!" Actually, he didn't physically knock me down. But I saw him charging so I stepped back really quick and slipped and fell in the mud. Then I really let that moose have it! "You doggone moose!" The moose just moseyed off into the woods, as I berated him. A ways further I came to a nice creek where I was able to wash the mud off.
Hi Ray, Thank you for posting a sampling of your AT adventure! I'm fascinated by your adventures and thoroughly enjoy reading about them. I realize you recently wrote a book but any plans to write one about your recent thru hike? Great stuff!" Ron F.
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