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Quakerland - Appalachian Trail Journal - 2013

A porcupine

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Begins: Jan 6, 2013
Direction: Northbound

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Porcupine

Today was a beautiful, sunny day and warm. The trail was relatively level, not a lot of ups and downs. It was a nice walk. As I walked down the trail I could see a dark object ahead on the trail. It looked like a dog but as I got closer I could see it was a large porcupine. As I got closer he would turn around and raise his quills. I would back off and talk quietly to him and he would turn around and continue down the trail. He did this several times. He insisted on staying on the path. Finally he went into the bushes. I waited a little while then continued down the trail and when I came to the place where he went into the bushes I looked over and he was still there and raised his quills again. There was a cabin that some people fixed up and put several bunks in it. It was attached to a lookout tower and a sign invited people to climb up and enjoy the view. You had to be careful because it wasn't in the best shape. I had no problem gathering water on this section of trail. There were a lot of creeks and brooks. The trek was quiet. Not a lot of hikers on it today. I did meet one hiker named Dave. He was a volunteer of the Green Mountain Club. He was out walking with his dog, an old irish setter. I arrived at the Wintturi Shelter for the night.

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Appalachian Trail - 2013-2016

The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is more than 2,175-mile long footpath stretching through 14 eastern states from Maine to Georgia. Conceived in 1921 and first completed in 1937, it traverses the wild, scenic, wooded, pastoral, and culturally significant lands of the Appalachian Mountains.

 

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