Update 6 from an AT through hiker
By dlacher on Jun 04, 2005
Hey Everyone! I finally found a computer... and beer!! but more about that later. I have really good news, I made it to the halfway point! i'm over half done with the trail, can you believe it??? i've now walked 1130 miles, yes, that's right, i've walked over a thousand miles so far. Right now i'm in Duncannon, PA, which is a wonderful little town (mostly because i found cheap beer here). Anyway, back to fun hiking stories... So the Shenandoah National Park (SNP) was interesting, it rained for the first 3 days i was there, which i love, but the tourists don't seem to, i'm not sure why, there's nothing better than hiking to the top of a mountain and being surrounded by fog. hiking through the clouds is great! But my last day in the park was beautiful and sunny, so the tourists were out in groves. There's a road (skyline drive) that goes right down the middle of the park and the trail pretty much runs parallel to it the whole way, and it crosses the road about 30 times. Anyway, i was hiking along and the trail passed below a parking lot, about 20 feet down a hill, and all the trees were taken out so the tourists could get a nice view, but that also meant i could easily see the people and they can see me. There i am, walking along, about to re-enter the woods when someone shouts out, "You hiking the trail?". so i turn and shout back an answer and we shout back and forth to each other for awhile before i finally notice that the guy is holding a video camera and recording our entire shouting conversation. who does that? so now i'm on some random guy's home video from his trip to SNP. wonderful. once again, i felt like i was an exibit at a zoo. when did i become a tourist attraction at our nation's national parks?? "Come one, come all, see the dirty, smelly, hairy hiker! Hurry up now, maybe we can get this one to dance for food". I really don't mind that much, i like the tourists, they provide much needed entertainment =) I noticed something when i was walking by all of those tourists though... they smell. it took me awhile to figure out what it was and then it hit me, it was soap, it was the smell of clean. you know you've been living in the woods too long when the smell of clean offends you. Ok, i've gotta get rolling, there was lots more i was going to write, oh well, guess it'll have to wait until the next email. Halfway done! woo hoo!!