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Quakerland - Appalachian Trail Journal - 2013

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Quakerland Forge
Begins: Jan 6, 2013
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Sat, Jun 28th, 2014

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Housatonic Meadows State Park

Housatonice River - Going back home

Hobo and Anita brought a small day pack and after we ate breakfast I left my big pack with them and put some water and lunch and a few snacks in the day pack so that I was Slackpacking. I was able to walk further and easier without the heavy pack. While I am on the trail, Hobo and Anita will be setting up a place along the trail to do Trail Magic. They brought a lot of snacks and drinks for the hikers that will pass by. What wonderful Trail Angels. There were some ups and downs at the beginning of the trail but not bad. Most of the trail continued to run along the Housatonic River so it was flat and easy. There were several campgrounds along the way. The trail goes through a large area called the Housatonic State Forest Reserve and there are several state parks and campgrounds in it. The trail went through another cracked boulder similar to the Lemon Squeeze but I managed to squeeze through. I stopped at the Pine Swamp Brook Shelter to eat and rest. I passed Mt Easter and Sharon Mountain then crossed the Housatonic River Bridge then Iron Bridge. Further north was a hydroelectric plant. The trail took me up a high, rocky ridge that overlooked a racetrack. Before I got to the top of the ridge, I could hear the engines. It was the Lime Rock Race Way. I sat at the top of the ridge and watched for a while. The cars ran faster and louder as they did their time trials. I came down off the ridge to Housatonic River Road to wait for Hobo to pick me up and take me back to the campgrounds. One sad thing about today - my wife is coming this evening to pick me up from the trail because my mother is not doing well and the doctor says it only a matter of a few days. So I'm going back home to be with her. A special thanks to Hobo and Anita for the food, picking me up along the trail and letting me slackpack.


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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. Learn more:


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