June 1, 2013
Today’s mileage: 15.4
Total mileage: 1060.5
After waking up throughout the night to itch what seemed like hundreds of bug bites, I felt rested and ready to hike into the North! About five miles in, we took a break to eat as a helicopter flew overhead. There was something hanging from it as it flew back and forth near the shelter. As we crossed the power line, we could see that it was some sort of device that was shaving off tree limbs along the power line. Or at least that’s what it looked like it was doing.
It was another hot and humid day through Maryland and we passed several weekend hikers. At Warner Gap Hollow, we decided to soak our feet in the stream there. It felt so good to sit on the rocks and dip our feet into the cold water. I would love to do that every day if I could. We crossed Little Antietam Creek and then made the climb up to Raven Rock Cliffs. On our way down into Pen Mar Park, we hit a ton of rocks. I wondered if they were a precursor to the Pennsylvania rocks. We were excited to reach the park because we knew we only had a mile left after that. There were a lot of other hikers there and we sat on a bench for about a half hour watching a wedding party prepare for the ceremony, kids play on the playground, and families barbecuing under the pavilion. Medicine Man asked me to sign his walking stick, which many other thru-hikers had signed as well.
We needed to resupply in the “other” Waynesboro (in PA) and we got a ride from the first car we saw. Josh gave us a ride to Food Lion and he told us about his section hike through part of Maryland with his fiancee. After a quick resupply, we walked over to Applebee’s for dinner. I had a burger and a strawberry lemonade and man was it tasty. I drink lemonade all summer, so I was excited to drink a couple of cold lemonades while in town. I was glued to the TV, even though Family Feud was on. One of the categories was, “Places where you hear panting.” What the heck kind of category is that?! I was ready to get back in the woods at that point.
Again, we easily got a ride out of town. We rode in the back of the Livingston’s pick-up truck. There’s nothing like riding in the back of the truck on a hot day. After filling up on water, we headed on past the park and across the Mason-Dixon Line into Pennsylvania! We are back in the North after 79 days in the South. Needless to say, we are excited to move on to what feels like the next chapter of our journey. We’re not home yet, but crossing that line for some reason made me feel a lot closer to home than we were just yesterday.
Next stop in two days: the midpoint of the AT!
Since we are nearing the halfway point of our hike, I thought I would attempt to write a Q&A post. If you have any questions about our thru-hike, comment on this post with your question and I will answer your inquiry in my Q&A post within the next week. So if there’s anything that you’ve been curious about that I haven’t mentioned or if there’s something that you want to hear more about, ask away!