Day 2 (Dahlgren to a tent spot outside of Pen Mar)

That moment when. ….you are running down an awesome downhill singing your favorite childhood songs and all seems right with the world. …..and then you look up and see a blue blaze. 2 bonus miles today. HahaCashmere

blue-blazeI woke up in a fog this morning… really. It burned off around 11:00 and turned into another beautiful day. I experienced my first trail magic today. K2 and Bald Eagle were there too. They had a good laugh regarding my story about getting off trail but then they assured me that it happens to everyone.

I crossed the Maryland – Pennsylvania border (Mason Dixon Line) about a half mile before stopping to set up camp. Now I’m enjoying the sound of the creek right outside my tent.

Day 1 (Harpers Ferry to Dahlgren Backpackers campground)

I stayed up late last night grading papers and posting grades so I decided to sleep in until 8:00 this morning at the Econolodge in Harpers Ferry. First stop this morning was the post office to mail work stuff and airplane clothes home. Next stop was the ATC to check in and get my picture taken. Lastly, I stopped by the Outfitters to get some fuel for my stove.

I got on the trail at 10:30 and headed north. Blue skies with a high of 83. Great day for a hike. I had lunch at the Ed Garvey shelter with some other hikers. Lots of wildflowers along the trail and a lot of historical sites. I’m camping tonight with Deardog, K2 and Bald Eagle. There is a restaurant nearby so Deardog and I headed over after dinner for a piece of fruit pie. Yum!