This was a wonderful day for a hike. Our high temperature today was only 77 and with a light breeze, it was the best day we’ve had since arriving in Northern Virginia. Tomorrow is supposed to be another one about the same.
This is beginning to sound like a broken record, but the shelters today were outstanding. When I arrived at the Birch Run shelter this morning about 8:45, there were many, many hikers in an around the shelter as well as scattered about at tent sites. Several were still asleep, so I tried to quietly walk on by without disturbing too many. This was a single shelter, not a twin, so it was large with a covered cooking porch and picnic table out front. Gene was very impressed with the hardwood flooring when he stopped in for a break later in the day. The area was relatively flat so there were several great tent sites near the shelter.
|Food Storage locker|
|The tarp in the back comes down for protection from bad weather|
Both the Birch Run and Quarry Gap shelters were built by CCC during the 1930s, but they have been well maintained over the years and are in fine condition. Both are very nice places to spend the night.
Also along the trail today was a Potomac Appalachian Trail Club cabin. PATC has several cabins along its 200 plus miles of trail which the club maintains. These cabins are locked and not available for walk-ins. Some of these cabins can be rented through the club and others are available for club members only. I think the trail crews use them more than anyone.
Tomorrow, we are heading for the midpoint along the AT--Pine Grove Furnace State Park.
That’s all for today.