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Re: Harper's Ferry Hostel and rules
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- Subject: Re: Harper's Ferry Hostel and rules
- From: Ron Kessler <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Wed, 13 Mar 1996 1:10:26 GMT
- In-Reply-To: <email@example.com>; from "Coombs/Lofstrom" at Feb 27, 96 7:32 pm
> Which brings me to rules. I know the last thing people want during the
> freedom of the trail is to be hit with alot of rules. But, when we hit a
> town we need to be aware of how our actions will affect the locals and the
> hikers that follow. If a church is kind enough to provide a shelter, we
> should pay attention to their rules. If they do not want alcohol on the
> premises show some respect. If you can't do without that beer at least
> don't flaunt it. This situation has occured and has caused problems for the
> hikers that followed. The Harper's Ferry Hostel has alot more rules than
> most places where thru-hikers stay. However, the majority of the guests are
> not thru-hikers. Not all places that hikers use are there strictly for
> hikers. We just need to be sensitive to the way the locals react to us.
AYH Hostels have a fairly standard set of rules. Harry and Jean
weren't very flexible with them but they treated thruhikers the
same as everyone else. And your absolutely right about respecting
the locals in THEIR towns and facilities. This includes showering
and doing laundry at every opportunity and doing these things first
when arriving in town. Sometimes hikers forget this.
Also, if a hostel does not want alcohol, smoking, pets, etc in them,
obey it! I think the levelheaded hikers should put a lot of peer
pressure on each other and the few bad seeds with regards to this.
For example, the Shea's in MA used to allow hikers to sleep in
their pavillion which was conveniently located midway between
shelters 12 miles apart. Hikers constantly ignoring signs asking
that there be no pets, lit candles, etc soured their attitude
towards us in short order. A couple of drunken idiots breaking into
their restaurant was the last straw, the pavillion is now closed.
Similarly, Rusty's, Levi Long's Hostel, the Level Green Church,
and the O Lystery Pavillion are now off limits to hikers thanks
to the actions of just a few jerks. Thanks guys. No one is
obligated to provide special services to thruhikers, sometimes
we forget that.
> With the detour in Harper's Ferry this year there might not be as many
> people using the hostel. Actually, are Harry and Jean still there? They
> didn't seem that happy running the place.
Actually, the hostel is closer to the reroute than to the
original AT/C&O path. When turning off of US 340 in MD you
will pass Cindy Dee's restaurant. Just past there you turn
right on Sandy Hook Rd and go just .1 mile down the hill to
the hostel. The hostel is about .4 mile off of the AT/C&O.
According to Wingfoot, Harry and Jean no longer run the place.
I know Harry once told me that he wasn't overly thrilled about
running the place, it was Jean that wanted to do it. I don't
know why they left, maybe Harry's health turned south again.
In any event it will be open this year and the manager welcomed
thruhikers in Wingfoot's guide.
--- Ron K ---