7/11 PenMar County Park (9.5)

July 15, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Today was a lot of fun.  We hiked an easy nine and a half miles with Miller and took in some of the coolest parts of Maryland.  We went over High Rock today, which is not only the local graffiti spot but also a great view of two states. High Rock is also where all the highschoolers hang out (as you might have already surmised from the artwork above).  Miller managed to make some friends there: Until the wind shifted towards them. We’re pretty proud of him. The High Rock area would have been the highlight of the day, but […]

7/10 Ensign Cowall Shelter (15.7)

July 15, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Today was another relaxed day in Maryland.  It was a flat day, but it felt much longer than fifteen miles because of the rocks, which no one really warns you about in Maryland.  We’ve heard enough to write a book about the rocks in Pennsylvania, but Maryland was a bumpy hazardous surprise.  We started out later today, enjoying the beautiful shelters in Maryland a little too much.  We’re finding the midAtlantic states have shelters nice enough to live in, which can prove to be a little too tempting to thru hikers in their third month of living in the woods.  […]

7/9 Rocky Run Shelter (15)

July 15, 2013 at 6:38 pm

A lazy day out of Harper’s Ferry and into Maryland.  By the time we got ourselves up and going, we only managed to make it 15 miles into the ‘easiest state on the trail’ according to the ATC.  And it was a beautiful, mostly flat 15 miles.  We reached the first shelter and found Miller, Shnitzel, and TeenWolf and ended up hiking the rest of the day with Miller, who has won our respect for best beard on the trail. The Ed Garvey shelter has the most interesting loft design we’ve seen yet. We’ve been debating slowing down to make […]

7/7 and 7/8 Harpers Ferry! (12)

July 15, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Today we reached the psychological half way point of the trail.  And then we never wanted to leave it.  Harper’s Ferry, or as Mark has been referring to it, “Mountain Portsmouth”, is a very cool little town.  The trail runs directly through the historic district and walks you by old churches and historic stone walls, through the narrow streets of the town along the river and over a beautiful railroad bridge that runs through a mountain side. Our initial hike in, however, was not as picturesque and sunny.  The day out of the Blackburn center started out beautiful and sunny […]