NATURE BITES
OUR JOURNEY ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
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   The Appalachian Trail is a footpath running from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mt. Katahdin, Maine.  The entire length spans approximately 2167 miles.  The A.T. (as it is commonly known to hikers) has been a National Scenic Trail since 1968 when Lyndon Johnson signed the National Trails System Act making the A.T. and the Pacific Crest the first national scenic trails.
     The idea for the trail was first  proposed in a magazine article in 1921 by a U.S. Forest Service Planner named Benton MaKaye.  He suggested that the trail be built to connect Mount Washington, New Hampshire to Mount Mitchell, North Carolina.  Just four years after his proposal, the National Trail Conference chose the exact path of the A.T.
   Today the A.T. Spans nearly fifty mountains, fourteen states, and eight national forests.  It also boasts rock and wood shelters, bridges, steps, and some of the most beautiful scenery in the country.  Unfortunately, the Appalachias are also plagued with many modern-day concerns, including pollution, strip mining, and logging on public lands.
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JOURNAL ENTRIES


05-01 Gerard's thoughts before the hike

05-01 Christian's thoughts before the hike



OUR PAGES

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Appalachian Voices


Pictures of the trail

Pictures of us

A better view of the map

OTHER USEFUL LINKS

www.trailplace.com

Appalachian Trail journals Old and New (other hikers)

Topographical maps

Bears on the trail

Get Outdoors destination guide

Marv's advice on equipment and supplies

Michael's ultralight backpacking page
special thanks to our first donor,
Meagen Peden
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR TRANSCRIBER, ROB EDGAR
Rob thanks Brenda because she has faster fingers
06-08 Courier Journal Article
06-21 Journal
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06-30 Journal
07-10 Journal
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The final entires
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