Backpacking the Appalachian Trail: New Jersey section
This travelogue follows a 2017 hike of the Appalachian Trail, starting at the Delaware Water Gap and heading north through New Jersey and southern sections of New York.
- 1. AMC Mohecan Outdoor Center
- 2. Brink Shelter
- 3. Mosey's Place
- 4. Wawayanda Shelter
- 5. Wildcat Shelter
I've made it about 9 miles to the AMC Mohecan Outdoor Center. Feet sore but recovering, no blisters. Thanks to my mom for driving me down here.
I stayed in the Brink Shelter last night. Long day yesterday, intending to do a short day today. Hoping the coming rain won't be too bad.
Afterthought: There were a few rainy days, so I stayed at Mosey's Place, a hostel in Port Jervis. Mosey was a great hostess (a hiker herself), and there were several other hikers taking advantage of the hostel given the weather.
At Wawayanda shelter or whatever it is tonight. Hard day, 2 big hills to go up, but also went through the pretty boardwalk dad talked about. Tomorrow planning 12 miles to next shelter.
Net nice girl Claire today, a teacher from cinncinnatti. We're talking about going into town and renting a room the night after tomorrow so she can resupply, and to avoid a stay at a bear infested shelter. I'm glad she's here, having a friend makes it easier to keep going. Commeraderie and all that.
At a shelter but staying in my tent tonight. It's so weird having the net with me on this trip, out here right now, in the middle of the woods.
It was nice to hear a familiar voice earlier today when I called my mom. Doing better after finishing the day and eating food, but still feel worn down. Hiking partner Claire has some foot blisters, toughing it out for now.
At Wildcat Shelter tonight. Intending to look into rooms in an upcoming town for tomorrow.
Afterthought: I got to Tuxedo Park with Claire, and we rented a room. I'd been feeling emotionally jittery for at least 2 days, and after we got there, anxiety really set in. I eventually acknowledged I needed to stop, and made arrangements with my mom to collect me.