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1st week of June – Deleware Water Gap: Gateway to New Jersey

Before arriving at Delaware Water Gap, a few noteworthy things happened.

1. I chanced upon a baby albino deer. It was such an awesome sight and was really sad when I had to walk away from it. I really hope that it survives.

2. Only 24 hours after spotting the albino deer, another baby deer is hanging out on the trail making itself completely comfortable with passing hikers and licking the sweaty salt off our legs.

3. I fell. Badly. It was a moment when for a split second I thought “this could end my hike”. But my new pack broke the majority of my fall and I hobbled away with a long gash on the back of my leg. I am so sick of Pennsylvania and its freaking rocks.

4. Came upon “Firehands” doing some Pepsi/PBR/Snickers trail magic. He was whittling a spoon that put mine and Ratbucket’s whittling skills to shame!!

Once at Delaware Water Gap I made myself comfy in the free hostel located in the basement of a church. Saw some familiar faces and headed to the outfitters to get my packages which included my new summer sleeping bag. By saying new, I mean Joe sent me his from home. Thanks Joe!

Another hiker scored a ride to the store so I joined and got some lucky charms and milk to feed my cereal craving. Later that evening a handful of us went to the local pizza place for some good food and beer. The next morning was spent lazying around and lacking the motivation to get going, but I was ready for New Jersey, so I eventually made my way back to the trail.

So far New Jersey has been amazing. Although I think I would be happy with anything that is NOT Pennsylvania. I took a break from the shelters and started camping out on my own a little bit more. I like how it gives me more freedom to stop whenever I choose. I also spotted my first New Jersey bear, who seemed a little more intimidating then the bears of Shenandoah.

For the last few days I’ve been hiking mostly on my own, not seeing too many other people. On one of my longer days I was trying to make it 29 miles when a bunch of darker clouds were off in the distance. I felt it was another sign when a day-hiker passed by me and mentioned an awesome hostel in a nearby town. Instead of hiking up a mountain in a rainstorm, I chose to go to town. Luckily I came to the road right as another day hiker, Russ, was heading back into town. I stuck out my thumb for 2 seconds and he called over and offered me a ride. Not just any ride…a ride in a totally decked out Jeep Rubicon. I had to stop myself from drooling, it was one of the most awesome looking jeeps I’ve ever ridden in.

The awesome hostel was indeed awesome. It was also located in another church basement. TV, Internet, shower, free laundry and use of the church kitchen including all the coffee I could drink. The best part was convincing the other 4 guys staying there to watch Beauty and the Beast with me. To tell you the truth, it really didn’t take all that much convincing. Almost done with New Jersey, then on to New York.

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June 29, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. I Have one question, Why would these baby deer not survive? Was the mother killed/

    Comment by EM LEE FUSON | June 29, 2012 | Reply


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