Jeff in Pen Mar Park before he realized just how cold it really was
Pen Mar Park along the Mason-Dixon Line. Our ending point for last spring's hike and starting point for this spring's hike.
The view of south-central Pennsylvania on a crisp March morning
Snow-covered trail for Wednesday's hike north from Pen Mar.
Smoking Sox shelter at Tumbling Run
The 'special' shelter for Stalking Tortoise
Lunch break at the Tumbling Run Shelter - mile 8.3 on Wednesday
View east from Snowy Mountain
Walking along the slippery ledge next to the Conococheague Creek in the Caledonia State Park
Another Easter Tree!
An Easter Tree?
Rhododendron Tunnel leading to the Quarry Gap Shelter
The Quarry Gap Shelter - well worth the 20.6-mile hike on Wednesday
Tim relaxing by the fire after a long, hard hike.
A snow-covered section of trail on Thursday morning
Trudging through the snow in an evergreen corridor
The remnants of an old stone barn along the trail
Lounging in the Ironmasters Mansion Hostel dormitory
The north side of the hostel in the dawn
The east side of the Ironmaster's Mansion Hostel in Pine Grove Furnace State Park as we departed early on Friday morning.
The charcoal furnace at the Pine Grove Furnace State Park - early Friday morning.
Iron-making at the Pine Grove Furnace
Iron ore + Charcoal = iron
Fuller Lake in the Pine Grove Furnace State Park
Self-portrait (obviously deranged from hiking too many miles!)
The Appalachian Trail Halfway marker just north of Pine Grove Furnace
Following Tim on a dreary, overcast & wet Friday hike
Catching up with Tim at the Alec Kennedy Shelter. Note hi-tech boot repair material (duct tape)
The view from Middle Point Knob, just south of Boiling Springs
Feets don't fail me now!
Crossing the last field before Boiling Springs
Stalking Tortoise trudging through the last mile of the day
The copse of trees just south of Boiling Springs
Tim is all smiles after completing a 19.4-mile day. Knowing that we're getting picked-up and taken to dinner helps too!
Climbing Blue Mountain on Saturday morning
A great place to take a break after a tough climb
The view south over the Cumberland Valley on an overcast Saturday morning
Cumberland Valley looking south from Blue Mountain
The view of Shermans Creek from Hawk Rocks above Duncannon. The descent down to the creek was nerve-wracking on wet & slippery rocks
Another vertigo-inducing view of Shermans Creek
Shermans Creek as it passes through the southern tip of Duncannon and empties into the Susquehanna River
The Doyle Hotel - a 100 year old establishment originally built by the Anheuser-Busch brewery.
The Doyle today... a haven for tired, wet and hungry hikers.
We certainly did feel welcome!