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Section Hike #1 of the Appalachian Trail - May 18 - June 5, 2011

Journal - 5/18/11 Journal-5/20/11





Journal Entry #2: Thursday, May 19, 2011

Had a blast today touring and exploring Harpers Ferry. What a cool town! Even Thomas Jefferson thought this placed rocked by his comment, "The passage of the Patowmac through the Blue Ridge is perhaps one of the most stupendous scenes in Nature.... This scene is worth a voyage across the Atlantic...Thomas Jefferson, 1783.

As I walked down the historic streets, I saw it.....an official white blaze trail marker so widely known to mark the directional passage of hundreds of thousands of hikers that have passed through this town in its history. My feet stepped on the same rocky path that soo many adventurers had before me. I know it seems silly, but it was very emotional for me...to finally walk a few steps on it, touch the white blaze painted so obvious on this lamp post. I would come to depend on these blazes soon and so a level of respect immediately came over me for this simple white mark. I knew it was not an accident as to what lay behind the blaze and thus I also knew at this moment that I was not going to be alone on this crazy journey. I would see this blaze again when i hiked back through Harpers Ferry in the middle of my journey and it would be directing me as to which way to go next as I left the town. I didn't want to ruin what lay down trail, so I walked to the historic St. Peters Roman Catholic Church, said some prayers and then left that area to save the rest for later.


First blaze seen at St. Peters!!!

Had a great dinner at Secret Six Taverns across the street from the Towns Inn. It is the only restaurant open after like 6pm so didn't have much choice but it was pretty good food. More hikers have come in for a 'real' meal and I am having fun just watching them. One of the gentleman is really limping, said he did a 22 mile day yesterday and hasn't been the same since! I can see how your muscles might be a little mad at you at that point!

Whew, ok...tomorrow is the big day...what has been waited upon for soo long. Wonderful friends have prayed for this moment and i feel that i am covered in their prayers as i roll my special Owl bracelet over and over in my fingers. This bracelet means more to me than those that made it know. Knowing that so many of my friends are back home wearing the same bracelet with an owl charm just melts my heart. Thank you dear friends, I, aka trail name, 'Owl' is soo grateful.

Nervous, anxious, petrified, excited, encouraged are just some of the emotions i feel right now. Will i be able to make my goal? Will my family be ok in my absence? How will Sam do at kindergarten graduation? How will Brian hold up being a single dad for a while? Did i make the right decision to do this? Ahhhh! Stop...sleep and just jump in with both feet tomorrow! Pack is all ready, body is ready, mind is ready...sleep now. Your voyage awaits...

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - John Muir