Why There Ain’t No Mountain High Enough For This Jersey Guy
When I was a kid, like most boys you joined the Cub Scouts. Eventually, you advanced towards becoming a Webelo, and then a Boy Scout. Through the process, you learn to “Do Your Best”. The Scout Oath is: “On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law”. One of the activities I loved to take part in was camping. As I got older my love for camping merged with the adventure of hiking. The idea of packing on my back, all the supplies I need to survive in the wilderness for days, and then walking into the woods appeals to me.
A goal of mine is to eventually become a thru-hiker and hike the entire stretch of the Appalachian Trail. That means I would have to walk from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin at Baxter State Park in Maine. That’s a total of 2,190 miles. This trek usually takes about 6 months. Let me clear my calendar. Short of taking on the challenge, I venture out on day hikes and sometimes multiple day backpacking adventures. The trails I’ve followed have covered sections of the AT in states from NJ, PA, NY, Vermont, and Maine. In fact, as a day-hiker, I’ve reached the summit of Mount Katahdin 3 out of 6 attempts. At 5,269 feet, is the highest mountain in the U.S. state of Maine.
Check out pictures of some of my hikes…