Cohos Trail Day 13, Deer Mountain Campground to Canada

Spoon had arrived shortly after I’d gone to bed but I couldn’t hear it over the neighbors.  I got out of my tent this morning to find him already making wonderful breakfast sandwiches for us.  It was actually an appropriately cold morning for the time of year so hot breakfast was extra awesome. We took… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 12, Neil Tillotson Hut to Deer Mountain Campground

It was actually slightly chilly this morning, the first time on this whole trip.  I hated to leave Tillotson but it felt good to start hiking. We reached Route 3 in short order and crossed over it to the Bog Bridge Trail, named for the 800′ bog bridge there that is believed to be the… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 11, Lake Francis to Neil Tillotson Hut

It was a beautiful morning on the lake.  After eating breakfast and packing up, we walked back down to the little trail we’d found to the beach and took it back to the Lake Francis Trail.  It was an easy, wide trail, only overgrown sometimes, and we made great time to the top of Lake… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 10, Coleman State Park to Lake Francis

I slept wonderfully and woke up to read for a little bit in the early morning.  I could hear the loons on the pond again all morning. After eating breakfast, I went up to the bathhouse to see if any of my laundered clothes were dry.  Some of them were dry-ish but luckily there was… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 9, Baldhead Lean-to to Coleman State Park

It was so warm in the night that I got up to pee just as an excuse to get out of my sleeping bag and stand in the woods for ten minutes.  A mist blew in during the morning that made things feel cooler just because they were damp, and the trees were even dripping… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 8, Nash Stream to Baldhead Lean-to

We had to go back over the bridge this morning and we could see the hornets still flying around their side of it.  Although very paranoid, we went very slowly one at a time and no one got stung this time.  I was happy to be past it.  The stings were swelling even more today… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 7, Stark to Nash Stream

We all met on the porch in the morning to sort laundry and repack while Nancy was making breakfast.  And a delicious breakfast it was with scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, orange juice, potatoes, and sausage bread.  Nancy was an excellent cook and hostess and we really enjoyed our time at the inn.  She’s also very… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 6, Cabot Cabin to Stark

I woke up for a while in the night because it was so warm, even though a mist was coming in and soaking the half of my sleeping bag facing towards the outside of the porch.  I caught a few good glimpses of stars despite the mist. When it was morning, we packed up to… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 5, Jefferson to Cabot Cabin

It was another warm night and I was awoken in the middle of it by Chuckles whisper-yelling at an animal.  Apparently, a skunk was walking around and had walked right over Kyle in his bivy sack. I woke again later in the morning and we all had a leisurely breakfast before going back to the… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 4, Mount Martha to Jefferson

We had briefly discussed yesterday that the sunrise would probably be great from Mount Martha but I’m never very good at getting up that early.  Luckily, I was already awake and reading when I heard someone else whisper “Sunrise!” so I got out of my tent to join the viewing party.  It was a pretty… Read more »

  • Film Review: The Way

    I had tried to see The Way when it was in theaters and missed it so I was excited to finally watch it now. This movie is about a different trail, El Camino de Santiago, but it was mainly about the reasons people were on the trail, which I think is universal to any long… Read more »

  • Postponed

    For various reasons, I’ve made the tough decision to postpone my hike by one year. Postponing my thru-hike once makes me worried that something will come up in the next year that will potentially make me postpone it again. I can’t let that happen though and will continue planning for the hike as if it’s… Read more »

  • WFA

    I took a Wilderness First Aid class over the weekend and am now WFA certified! It was pretty intense, covering a lot of ground in the classroom and also going through potential emergency scenarios outside, with some students acting as victims and some as rescuers. I felt like I learned a lot but the trick… Read more »

  • Physical preparations

    I’ve been very lazy in getting started with physical preparations but I’ve finally gotten moving. I started yoga and am enjoying the classes immensely. That’s something I’ve wanted to do for years any way but it took a groupon to get me started. I also started running again, sort of following the Couch to 5k… Read more »

  • Book Review: Walking with Spring

    Earl Shaffer was the first person to thru hike the Appalachian Trail back in 1948. He had to recover mentally from WWII and decided the woods were the best place to do that. The trail in that time had fallen into disrepair in many places and Shaffer did a lot of bushwhacking and guessing to… Read more »

  • Lightweight vs Ultralight – Shelter

    I definitely wanted to upgrade my tent since I started out with a Mountainsmith Satellite – over 4 pounds, not freestanding, could barely fit my boots in the vestibule, and couldn’t fit anything but myself sleeping in the tent. I started looking at lighter tent options. Most of those are just wide enough to fit… Read more »

  • PA Ruck

    I went to the PA Ruck this weekend, a gathering of previous and potential thruhikers to discuss the trail and give presentations. It was at the Bear’s Den Trail Center in Bluemont, VA, and a gorgeous location it was too. I arrived after dinner Friday but just in time to hear a women-specific presentation, then… Read more »

  • Book Review: Hike Your Own Hike

    I think I came across this book by Francis Tapon because it was mentioned in a trail journal. I’m not usually one for self help books but it had good reviews and was less than $3 for the kindle version so I decided to give it a shot and I’m so glad I did. Tapon… Read more »

  • Shakedown report

    Well my hike went well but I had to cut it short. The first day was gorgeous and I got started at the southern trailhead at 8am going at a quick pace. I stopped for lunch at 11:30 and had already gone 9 miles. I tried to stretch occasionally since I haven’t really been exercising… Read more »