Ok, ok, ok...
So here come the excuses/explanations! I know it has been 19 days since my last post, but there have been some impediments to my posting. I have experienced an earthquake, hurricane, and severe flooding in the last couple weeks! Every time I would have posted, there was either no internet access or no power. Alas, I have finally found the time and the necessary equipment for a post!
Pennsylvania has been an interesting state. 95% of hikers complain about how rocky PA is, but I have not found it beneficial to complain while on the trail, so I will praise the rocks of PA! I love these ankle-breaking feet massagers!
One of my favorite days in PA so far was coming through the Superfund site on my way into Lehigh Gap. I got to see a good diversity of ecosystems during that one day. It was nice to walk through grasslands, forest and rock habitats that were so drastically different. Even the types of trees were unique to each ecosystem.
After a few days of hiking, Austin picked me up and took me into Philadelphia to hang out as well as weather Hurricane Irene. While I was at the Sisk household, Brittany gave me my awesome lightening bolt hair cut!
The night of the hurricane, Austin and I went for about a 45 minute joy run in the rain near his house. I seem to recall spinning in circles shouting "I'm a tornado in a hurriquake" until I couldn't stand anymore and fell into the water. It was a unique experience to say the least. You should try it sometime.
The next day we went into Philly and went to a coffee shop
saw Ben franklin's grave
I was wearing Austin's skinny jeans and his super deep v-neck shirt, so I decided to take several "hipster" photos on random things around Philly...
We also ate at a place called Franklin Fountain where I ate my new favorite ice cream! Rum Raisin. If you have not had it, you should go find some to try!
My friend Patrice picked me up again and I hung out with her for a few more days in NJ. I had gotten sick from sitting out in the cold talking with Austin until 4:00am, so I decided to recover before I got back on the trail. I am thankful for her hospitality and friendship! Shout out to Storm!
I was finally able to replace/invest in more gear while in Philly. I replaced my old backpack (65L Large) with a newer one (50L Medium) so now it fits like a charm and I am much more comfortable.
I also replaced my boots! HALLELUJAH!
*** If you would like to contribute to my trip and help me stomach these expenses, I would appreciate any help! Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far. You have blessed me in so may ways!
Please send your support to my parents at:
268 Rothell Rd.
Toccoa, GA 30577
My boots cost $130, but I was able to get my backpack exchanged for no cost! Blessings!
A couple days later I saw a huge black rat snake, and saw my first Timber Rattlesnake on the trail!
Somehow I seemed to have bruised my left ankle and ended up hiking in my Teva sandals (and have been since 9/3!)
It was a great decision, because it allowed me to keep my boots dry through all the flooding and allowed my ankle to recover.
The last several hiking days have been constant rain. Here are a few pictures of the flooding as well as the place where I had to tent camp while I waited for the water to recede enough to cross safely!
I finally made it to Duncannon where Trailangelmary picked me up and brought me back to her apartment! She has been so gracious and hospitable and I sincerely appreciate her support of my trip! Thank you for letting me take a few hours to blog on your computer! You have helped me recover from being stuck in the woods!
Eastern Box Turtle
Bobcat (I saw the bobcat up the road from my flood refuge spot on the wooden bridge!)
Whew! What a post! Sorry for the length, but read a little at a time if you can't make it all the way through in one sitting!
Thanks for reading and I really do appreciate all your support and prayers! I am almost to the technical half way point!!!
I love backpacking! I love the trail! I love this trip! God has blessed me with so much! I am very thankful for this opportunity.
Amplexus "Lexus" SOBO 2011
Posted 11th September 2011 by Josh Seehorn