Day 191 on the Appalachian Trail Miles Hiked to Date: 2067 Hiked yesterday: 0 Trail Miles, Miles left to hike: 116
My apologies for the incomplete blog posting; we had a "hiccup" in our plan that kept me from holding up my end of it. Here's the revised version. If all goes well, an additional update may be posted later today. Thanks for your patience!
First, to Larry P. & Mari (a.k.a. Phillip), thank you for your generous donations! They truly help since we've now gone almost a full month past our originally perceived finish date.
Second, Hi to Pokey & the Pittsburgh Chipsters! Also, Hello To Tom L. of Real News Real Fast & to Murphy. To June in Savannah & Kelly .... Tampa!!
Third, to Rob .... Keep going for your MASAR certification; Met some MASAR folks and were so impressed and awed at their/your commitment.
Fourth, to Teresa and Kevin: Chipmunk appreciates your recognition of her "marathon" hike by people who really know.
Fifth, to Heather ... private toll booths? Not a clue, but I've got to get me one of those!!
And last, but not least, to fellow hiker, FLATFOOT, we are still at it but we are in the homestretch. Congrats on your summit! Send me a summit pic!!
Chipmunk and I howled and hooted under the freezing cold shower heads, and tried to yell possible shower handle adjustment wisdom to one another from our stalls ... none of it worked. Soooo, Chipmunk was especially "refreshed" when we met the journalist at the trailhead!
If you'd like to check out the TV interview, Here's a link to the WLBZ interview: http://bcdownload.gannett.edgesuite.net/wcsh-podcasts/35121342001/201310/2051/35121342001_2733135051001_YOUNG-HIKER.mp4
Mount Katahdin (pronounced /kəˈtɑːdən/, "kə-tah-dən") is the highest mountain in Maine at 5,269 feet (1,606 m). Named Katahdin by the Penobscot Indians, the term means "The Greatest Mountain". Katahdin is the centerpiece of Baxter State Park: a steep, tall mountain formed from underground magma. The flora and fauna on the mountain are typical of those found in northern New England. Katahdin was known to the Native Americans in the region, and was known to Europeans at least since 1689. It has inspired hikes, climbs, journal narratives, paintings, and a piano sonata. The area around the peak was protected by Governor Percival Baxter starting in the 1930s. Katahdin is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, and is located near a stretch known as the Hundred-Mile Wilderness.
At day's end, we drove to our camp spot and it was such a chilly night that Chipmunk chose to wear a hat while she got ready for bed. (FYI, the camper does not have a heater but is somewhat insulated.) She dressed for bed, read for a while before getting under her down blanket, taking off the hat and saying good night. We all told each "I love you" and "good night" before turning off the camper lights. After a while, Chipmunk said, I can't believe I won't see you again until after I summit Katahdin." I couldn't believe it either.
Again, thanks for your patience with our hike update blog; there is a possibility that I will be posting another hike update later today.
If you enjoy reading the story of our adventure, and you’d like to send some “Trail Magic” to Chipmunk, click on the “Donate” button at the upper right corner of today’s blog post. Chipmunk maintains a twitter account: @openlymtngoat where a common hashtag is #GoChipmunk . She (or we) will try to answer any questions you may have about her hike and this family adventure.
Thanks again for all your support,
Mama Chip, Papa Chip, Chipmunk and her dog, Chocolate Chip
(Tammy, Jay, Neva and Coco)