Waterville Valley’s Brenda Conklin reported in from the Appalachian Trail….
NJ is done. With a day pack I covered 20 miles a day, and using max. daylight, I witnessed beautiful sunrises and sunsets in gorgeous weather. Points of interest in NJ were: High Point Obelisk Monument, 2 fire towers, Sunrise Mtn Pavillion, brightly illuminated foliage on the shore of Sunfish Pond, lots of side trails and road crossings to relieve monotony, Delaware Water Gap falls, and walking across the I-80 highway bridge (yikes). It was easy going thanks to ridge walking, fields (with stiles), bog planks, highway walking, a wildlife refuge loop, old carriage roads, hiker suspension bridge, and thousands of feet of swamp boardwalks (at $30,000 AT’s most expensive project at the time). Leaves covering the trail are beginning to be a problem. I got turned around once and ended up in reverse. Nothing to do but sit on a rock and eat a sandwich for mood adjustment! I still have cow pasture on my boots (see picture). The turtle was a big surprise way up on a dry ridge. My mantra near day’s end was “Lift your lead feet.” Fall is my favorite. ~ Brenda