Twig Adventures

AT Day 45: A Jersey-tastic Day

Tuesday September 7th, 2021, 0600-1830Wawayanda mtn to Mashipacong Shelter, SOBO AT mm 859.627.5 miles5000 gain, 4820 loss Running from mosquitoes seems to be the new theme of each morning. As soon as I leave my fortress, it’s a race to get the tent packed and get moving before they wake up. I’m very practiced at doing almost everything inside my tent. We were going to be passing through a lot of low and boggy areas all morning, so I was prepared to do battle. I broke down to spray deet on the backs of my legs at the start. I also wore my rain jacket to protect my upper body. As I came down from the hills into the valley,[…]

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AT Day 44: Warwick

Monday September 6th, 2021, 0600-1700Wildcat Shelter to Wawayanda mtn, SOBO AT mm 83215.6 miles2848 gain, 2687 loss Mother nature’s determined to keep the streams flowing and the mosquitoes biting. It rained hard starting around 1 am, the kind of rain that floods my tent floor. I had to get everything situated for the rain, letting in more mosquitoes while I deployed my rain flaps. Then I kept waking up to check on the status of water coming in. In spite of the deluge, my tent held up pretty well. What is with this weather? It wasn’t even supposed to rain after midnight, according to the forecast. This trail just loves to throw curveballs. I wonder that I got better sleep[…]

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AT Day 43: The Rave

Sunday September 5th, 2021, 0600-1700Stream past Bear Mountain to Wildcat Shelter, SOBO AT mm 816.324.6 miles6730 gain, 6355 loss It was a night of crazy noise. The tree frogs and crickets went off at dusk but unfortunately they weren’t enough to drown out the rave music from the nearby parking lot. Booming techno and reggaeton music permeated the air starting around midnight. It felt like we were camped next to a stadium, it was that loud. I have no idea what kind of sound system it was or how it was powered in the middle of nowhere but it was impressive. Some animal crashed through the woods near me, making strange grunts…maybe a deer? It sounded annoyed and I wished[…]

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AT Day 42: Bear Mountain NY

Saturday September 4th, 2021, 0600-1800Canopus Creek to stream past Bear Mountain, SOBO AT mm 791.722.3 miles5364 gain, 5433 loss It was another fun and action-packed day in New York. A lovely and quiet morning greeted us, filled with the gentle and soothing hoots of great horned owls. It was easy to forget that we were so close to major cities. My shoes and socks had dried some and my feet were feeling a lot better, so I was loathe to get them wet again when we came to our first water crossing 5 minutes in. I decided to try my luck using my camp shoes…maybe I could prolong the dry shoes all day. My bet paid off…there were no more[…]

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AT Day 41: Nuclear Lake

Friday September 3rd, 2021, 0605-1800Telephone Pioneers Shelter to Canopus Creek, SOBO AT mm 769.525.2 miles plus 1 mile to and from the deli5167 gain, 5302 loss The day started off cool enough for me to put my puffy on in the morning. But I took all layers off before I began hiking, knowing there was an immediate climb. We passed a feature called Nuclear Lake just as the sun came over the ridge. It was pretty. The names comes from when a plutonium research facility was located on the shoreline. I didn’t drink the water. Mid morning, we walked half a mile down a road to get breakfast sandwiches at a deli. We really wanted pizza but the pizza place[…]

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AT Day 40: Coming Out After the Storm

Thursday September 2nd, 2021, 0825-1800RT 341 to Telephone Pioneers Shelter, SOBO AT mm 744.421.6 miles5341 gain, 4820 loss The rain came down all night but I stayed dry and warm in a real bed. It stopped early in the morning and we were eager to get out of the stuffy hotel room and back on the trail. The news on TV was all bad…the storm had caused a lot of damage throughout the country, with flooding and tornados in the Northeast. More than 10 people had died in NYC from drowning in basement apartments. Up to 7 inches of rain had come down. Just terrible events which made our predicament seem so trivial. Maybe the trail would be impassable but[…]

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AT Day 39: Ida

Wednesday September 1st, 2021, 0540-1000Cesar Brook Campsite to RT 341, then Kent, SOBO AT mm 72313.6 miles3091 gain, 3494 loss We all got a really early start to beat the rain to town. We should have walked more miles the day before while the weather was nice but the next campsite was over 4 miles away and it was already fairly late when we stopped. Stealth camping is not allowed from MA through NJ, and we’ve been doing our best to stay at official campsites. So we made up the miles in the dark. Picky was off first at 0510 am. He can pack so quickly and quietly, I envy his efficiency. I was off 30 minutes later, noticing another tent[…]

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AT Day 38: Deli Hopping

Tuesday August 31st, 2021, 0610-1745Riga Shelter to Cesar Brook Campsite, SOBO AT mm 709.322.1 miles4616 gain, 5476 loss We got an early start but had a lot of distractions again today. Technically New Jersey is called the deli run part of the AT but we’ve been making a lot of small town stops since Massachusetts. It’s so hard to just stay focused on hiking miles, between the weather and towns. Sunrise at the shelter was nice as anticipated, then it was all downhill to Salisbury, a tiny town with a small grocery. I bought random things like naan and guacamole for breakfast. The trail in-between the next town was nice. There was an open meadow with a gorgeous view. There was[…]

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AT Day 37: Bear Mountain & Connecticut

Monday August 30th, 2021, 1015-1830RT 7 to Riga Shelter, SOBO AT mm 687.218 miles4524 gain, 3547 loss I slept well and had a leisurely morning in town. A trip to the PO and Subway were about all I accomplished. I got a take-away sub to serve as lunch and dinner. We got a ride to trail with a trail angel named Papa Joe. He takes donations and I also bought a canister of fuel from him. He was a hoot, showing us his spreadsheet of hiker stats from 2019. He took detailed notes, getting our names and direction of travel. He’s retired and just seems to be really entertained by hikers. To start out, we hiked for miles through the river[…]

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AT Day 36: Great Barrington

Sunday August 29th, 2021, 0600-1030South Mt Wilcox Shelter to RT 7, SOBO AT mm 669.211.7 miles2195 gain, 3327 loss I slept great in the shelter. There’s nothing better than the white noise of rain striking the roof of a hut or shelter. I was visited by a few mosquitoes and a mouse, but they weren’t too much of a bother. It was nice having Yerbe Matte while watching the light grow in the morning…very cozy. There was a chill to the air so I put on my puffy. I didn’t have to worry about waking anyone too early, as Picky was also up. Starting at 6 am now means struggling to see for ten minutes or so on the trail. I[…]

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