Appalachian Trail Happiness: Maryland
Sorry about the lack of images my connection is poor. So, except for a couple of hundred yards I’ve finished Maryland.
Not a hard or long state but the seasons have changed, the days are hotter and water is scarcer.
I have dubbed Maryland the Kingdom of the Spiders. Every day I herd hundreds of daddy long legs down the trail and walk through dozens of webs strung across the trail.
The trails have been nice, some rocky runs, some good vistas, two real new shelters and a lot of college orientation groups on the trail. I especially enjoyed hanging out with a group from Gettysburg College.
I also so the coolest fungi I’ve ever seen
The trail is also different in that besides the college groups their are few hikers on the trail. Surprisingly, given my antisocial nature, I really miss my hiking companions.
I’m taking a zero day today in Waynesboro, PA at the wonderful Burgandy Lane B&B, the breakfast nearly approached Mountain Harbour standards.
I will do 5 or 6 days north in PA, break my personal thousand mile mark, drop off at Boiling Springs and then head for NY.
The plan was to do NY &NJ but I may just do some day hikes in each so that I’ve hiked in every state. Not sure how that will pan out. I started this journey amost 6 months ago. It may be time to hang up my poles for a bit and move on to my next adventure.
The trail has provided me with more than enough for the book I’m writing. I have gained a lot of new and amazing friends. The trail has worked its magic on me personally, stretched me and given me 6 months of happy days my friends.
I’ve done my best to bring you along and will continue to do so as the adventures continue. I’m glad you’re here to celebrate the adventure and my 51st birthday. Hope you’re all having a happy day as well.