czwartek, 21 maja 2015

Appalachian Trail

               Some time ago I read a great book by Bill Bryson entitled: "A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail". In it Bryson describes his and his friend's Matthew Angerer's hike along the beautiful but also exhausting Appalachian Trail. His description of the trip along with, the usual for Bryson, witty comments made me want to check the trail out (although only on Google now).

The man behind the idea of The Appalachian Trail was Benton MacKaye. He was passionate about nature and believed that balance between nature and human activity should be kept. He advocated this notion and wrote some articles to support his claims.

The Appalachian Trail is around 3,500 km long and extends from Katahdin Mount in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia. While hiking the whole trail :) you can visit 14 States. Starting in Maine and moving South through Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and finally Georgia. Most of the trail is in the woods but occasionally you can pass through roads and towns. Apart from sleeping in a tent you can also stay in multiple shelters along the path.

The nonprofit organization Appalachian Trail Conservancy together with many trail clubs takes care of the trail. The National Park Service manages the work.

The trail is not easy. Many of the people who start it do not last long and drop out. But there are some brave souls, who not only finish the trail but even do it in one season.

If you like animals (especially bears :), plants, insects, rodents and spectacular views - then the trail is just for you.

The map of the trail

McAfee Knob

The trail

The trail

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