PA Hike #4 - PA 850 to PA 944 and Back
[Day 1 - Yellow, Day 2 - Blue, Day 3 Green]
May 9, 1993
Here I am on the AT once again (by myself). I
hiked PA Section 9 from PA 850 to Darlington Shelter, had
lunch then hiked from the shelter to 944 and back to the
shelter overnight. Still out of shape for Philmont...the
hill to and from the shelter almost killed me. When I got
back to the shelter I fell asleep exhausted. I was only
carrying 39 lbs too. Mileage 6.0 WITH HILLS!!!
Thelma Marks Shelter
Hiked to Darlington Shelter to Thelma Marks
Shelter (7.2 Miles). Took a good long break at the
pipeline overview. Took a little time to sunbathe in the
buff...that same sense of freedom from the Bruce Trail
was there. Got into the shelter, found out that this was
the shelter were the two were killed a few years back.
Made me really think about life. Read the letters the
family left...made me think even more. Was how so I took
a "Bruce Trail" shower...ah the freedom, but, like that
shower on the B.T. it was cold. I was latter joined by
three other hikers. Great fun talking with the loan man
and the two female hikers. I am glad to be surrounded by
friendly people, especially after my reflection after
findind out about the shelter's history.
May 11, 1993
Hiked 4.9 miles back to the car after a
night of little sleep. Having others in the shelter is ok
but I am not used to having others sleep in the same
room. One last thought: I left this in the Darlington
Log: "To all thru-hikers: Remember all of us who's dream
you are living."