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[at-l] READY's journal: June 17 part 2
- Subject: [at-l] READY's journal: June 17 part 2
- From: email@example.com (kahley)
- Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2001 20:03:17 -0500
>We finally made it to our next milepost, the Bear's Den hostel.
>"Bear's Den Hostel is an inn from the early days when wealthy
>Washintonians visited the area for vacations," read the brochure. It is
>indeed a beautiful building, featuring picturesque grounds. Melody's dog,
>"Katahsin," a beautiful Border Collie was also on hnd to greet guests.
>We enjoyed our lunch, along with cold sodas. We each managed to get a
>We found Gitterdone resting on one of the benches. It was great talking
>with her about hiking and gear.
>We chatted with managers, Patti and Melody, and generally just
>relaxed. It would be difficult to leave this magical sanctuary.
>I noticed a bulletin board in the hikers' quarters that featured a
>clipping from an old ATN - "Ministry of Funny Walks: 'Delirium.'"
>This is a place I'd like to visit again. It had great vibes. The staff
>were very friendly and helpful. It's truly a thruhikers' haven,
>comfortable, close to the trail, and extremely acommodating. They had a
>huge hiker box and offered for very cheap prices all kinds of hiker
>favorites: meals, first aid supplies, books, maps, gatorade mix, -
>practically everything a hiker could need.
>Just as we were heading out, we met Patches and Sticks, who were in for
>the night. W'd been there nearly 3 hours and needed to move on if we were
>to reach the spring some 4 miles up the trail, where we'd be making camp.
>It was easier work to make the climbs this time, owing to the rest and to
>the fact that the climbs were simply less arduous than those of the
>afternoon. Shortly after crossing the state line where we left Virginia
>behind and entered West Virginia, we found a wonderdul little campsite
>near Sands Spring.
>Spur set up the tent while I got water and attempted to ready the bear
>bag. I'll spare you the details on this little fiasco, as Spur will most
>assuredly regale you with the painful details via his journal. ;-)
>We ate couscous rescued from the Bear's Den hikers' box and listened to
>the sounds of two whipporwills, who aternately would repeat each other's
>calls or be in perfect sychronization with each other's calls. I'd never
>heard that before!
>It was after 11:00 when we finally finished our journal entries for the
>day. Tomorrow is a big day for us, as we've set a goal of ~16 miles into
>Harper's Ferry. There we'll get our first "zero miles" days.
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