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[at-l] Ready's Journal: June 22 Part 2 TD17
- Subject: [at-l] Ready's Journal: June 22 Part 2 TD17
- From: email@example.com (kahley)
- Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2001 14:09:55 -0500
>Even more than ferns, I love pine forests. We had some of each
>today. Fields of ferns as far as the eye could see and pine forest, where
>the air is filled with fresh scent and the turf beneath your feet is soft
>Nearly from the start of our hike, we'd seen raspberry bushes, but the
>berries had not been ripe yet. Today, for the first time, we were able to
>enjoy some ripe ones!
>For the past several days, we'd been seeing monotropa starting to pop
>through the ground. Today we saw our first cluster of them, standing at
>full mast. Although these delicate plants are called "Indian Pipes," I've
>always thought of them as "ghost flowers" due to their waxy, transluscent
>We saw a grey fox crossing swiftly on the trail. A black snake made us
>jump as we'd walked toward a shelter, but we were disappointed to see that
>it had apparently been killed by a hiker. Such a shame to kill these
>beautiful creatures who do us no harm, and even help hikers by eating the
>rats and mice that so often plague the shelters. Pass by carefully, but
>DON'T KILL SNAKES!
>We made it to the shelter by 6, getting water en route at the spring some
>.15 miles south of the blue blaze into the shelter. With some difficulty,
>we found a suitable tentsite and Spur set up the tent while I prepared dinner.
>At the shelter were a family of four on a four-day section hike. They'd
>described how they'd been denied an opportunity to get their photos taken
>when they visited the ATC Headquarters, since "they were not
>thruhikers." We urged them to try again, as we were certain that there'd
>been some kind of misunderstanding. The hiker book features thruhikers -
>floppers, north-bounders and south-bounders - and section hikers!
>Also sharing the shelter was Walkie Talkie, who demonstrated without
>hesitation that his trailname was earned due to his loquatiouness. A
>thruhiker and two of his friends from Indiana, who were hiking with him
>for the weekend, arrived shortly after we did. Other tenters included
>Lucky Strike and an unidentified thruhiker.
>We ate and retreated to our tent, determined to journal and get to sleep
>early. We want an early start for an 18-mile day tomorrow. That will
>leave us with only a day and a half of hiking to get into Pine Grove
>Furnace for our next food drop and real-bed night.
>It had been a good day in spite of our lethargy early in the day.
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