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    Default Memorable Scenes along the Trail

    What are some of the places on the Trail that are special to you, even though they may not be special enough in their own right to merit a separate thread?

    Please describe the location and what made it especially memorable to you (the season, the view, your companion, an unusual event, etc.).


    Here's an example: Little Dam Lake in southern New York.

    The lake is relatively small and not especially notable, although the Trail winds around the lake for a mile or so and there is a fairly big, pine-covered island only 30 yards from land. I walked by here on a day hike the day after Christmas in 2000. It had been pretty cold for awhile and had snowed the night before, leaving 2-3 inches on the ground. I had started at NY-17 an hour earlier on a sunny 20-degree morning, climbing the ice face of Agony Grind, and had not seen anyone yet (and only 3 people all day). Little Dam Lake was frozen over, and you could see animal tracks in the light snow atop the frozen channel to the island. I really wanted to walk over to the island, but I was alone and it hadn't been that cold, so I just stood awhile and took in the view, watching the wind whisk the fluffy snow across the smooth ice of the lake.

    If it's not obvious, I love brisk weather (I grew up in New England); especially on a sunny day when no one is around.
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    Not sure if this is exactly what you wanted.But,way back when I was in 7th grade (13 years old ?),I had a science teacher that took me and 7 other classmates on a 4 day camping trip.We hiked from Mt Everett in Mass. to the town of Salisbury Ct,on the AT.Not many miles ,but it was our first time overnite camping.What fun!He took me on that trip two years in a row.Then when I was 28 I did the same spot with my best friend,we hiked that location ever year for a week each summer for 6 years.Life took us both in differant ways for a few years.This summer we got together and hiked at same spot.It brought back so many memories.Both of when I was a school kid ,and of our past times.I've hike alot of differant places and am planning a thru-hike for spring04,but that spot will allways be special to me.I will never forget the lessons I learned camping at Sages Ravine.I think I'll write my old science teacher and thank him.

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    one of my memorable spots would have to be on a trail near Big Meadows in SNP theres a waterfall down there and we were camping not to far away and it had been a very stressfull long day and one of the members in the group i was with a) wasnt wearing proper footgear b)didnt really want to be there cause she didnt really understand what she was getting into c) had blisters all over her feet and d) had gotten lost with another member and so hiked an aditional seven miles more than the fifteen we had already done taht day. so needless to say we were all not in the best of spirits but there was a beautiful sunset and we all just kind of sat around and talked and i really found out a lot about myself. i really saw who i was and its changed me ever sense. ill never forget that site.
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    A bear hanging out with me (alone) at Spence Field in the Smokys for a half an hour while he ate one of my 11 trail day old socks and I drank bourbon.

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    Default Galehead Hut, NH

    Galehead Hut, NH is one of my most memorable AT spots, because it was there in the year 2001 that we met a thru-hiker who was passing through on his way to Maine, while we were hiking over the weekend. It was after talking to him that I realized that my thru-hike was less than a year away, and I couldn't wait to get back and stadn in that spot, and tell someone else about MY thru-hike. Full-circle I guess!
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    I would have to say that Mahoosuc Notch in Maine is one of my most memorable places on the Trail. Being known as the toughest mile on the AT, had me concerned. But hiking out of Gorham with me was a new hiking mate, named Keil. I was glad to have someone go through the Notch with me. It is a beautiful gorge, less the sunlight, with boulder after boulder the size of cars and houses. We could rock hop some of them ( long legs help) but most had to be pulled up, slid down, or squeezed through. Down in the crecices was ice that had been there for awhile. It was quiet a workout, though not as hard as people predict. It was fun and beautiful.
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    Cheoh Bald. As you leave Wesser stop at Sassafras shelter, get water and go on the extra mile to the bald and camp. (weather permitting of course) One of the best sunsets on the AT is there. Also great views back south and west. I've camped there at least 10 times. One of my favorite places.

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    Thought I'd try to restart this thread...

    Memorable Scenes along the Trail
    What are some of the places on the Trail that are special to you, even though they may not be special enough in their own right to merit a separate thread?

    Please describe the location and what made it especially memorable to you (the season, the view, your companion, an unusual event, etc.).

    See the first post for a short example.
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    Nick Grindstaf's fireplace. It was a somber reminder that we are all just passing through.

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    What is Grindstaf's fireplace, where is it located, and what's the story behind it?
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    Grindstaf had thru-hiked the A.T. in the 1960s and quietly took in a few hikers every now and then at his home near the trail in Pennsylvania. His home was made of timber from the area and it had a huge, wide stone fireplace that could warm a body and cheer the soul on a cold evening.

    In 1987 a local hiker died on the A.T. in New Hampshire, and since the family believed in cremation and thought highly of Grindstaf, they let him do the honors. He cremated the body and the family decided to let him keep the ashes, in the spirit of their son's love of hiking. Grindstaf placed the ashes in an earthen jar carved from a rock on the Pennsylvania A.T. and placed it on the fireplace.

    We passed by Grindstaf's place going SOBO a few years ago and he invited us in on a cold evening. After a generous dinner and some bourbon I commented on the container sitting on the fireplace, and he told us the story. It was a sober reminder that we're all just passing through.

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    Huh ?

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    I think U-Bolt must be thinking of a different person - a bit south of Damascus is the grave of a hermit - see link for picture of grave stone : Nick Grindstaff's Grave Stone

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    I think U-Bolt is from Glenview, Illinois!

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    A memorable spot is the Bald Pate section of Maine. The ex-foliated rock and difficult grade of trail there makes you think of another time and place. That is the lure of the AT. It goes through varied sections of land and solitude.
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    U-BOLT is not from Illinois.

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    Thought I'd try to resurface this thread (again)...
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    I have two really memorable stories. The first was either in 98 or 99. I was doing a section with two thru hikers Hooper and Joker. I gave Hooper a ride back to RT 2 in Mass where he left off after trail days. I remet up with him up at the Long Trail Inn where we all hiked North together. After the Inn, you hit a campground and then cross 100 before skirting around a lake of which the name has left my brain. On the way to the lake, Hooper fell down and rolled onto his pack clutching his stomach. I really thought something was wrong. As I rushed up to see what was the matter, he had fallen down laughing. Just ahead was the perfectly sized rock for a man to stand on while his female associate was giving a better blow job than I have ever given. She did not have to kneel - but stand and do her deed. We kept the laughter in and crawled back a little ways on the trail for a saftey meeting while the folks finished up. On there way by, the man asked how's it goin with a grin. Our reply - Alot better for you than us, giggle giggle, giggle. He had seen us however the woman never did.
    I'll leave the other story for an interesting wildlife sighting forum
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    Default Memorable Spot

    There's a tiny little shelter after McQeen's Gap, just before you get to the Abingdon Gap Shelter near Damascus, VA. I would imagine that it was once a listed shelter on the AT. It appears now however to be pretty much in ruin but has a lot of character and charisma.

    I stopped there on my thru this year for a break and took several pictures of the structure. I coudn't help but think that in the next few years it will either be torn down or fall down on it's own.
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    i know somehwere along the trail is some historic civil war graves? anyone know where exactly this POI is located?? i googled and got cold spring mountain? i assume there is more than one.. the companion book doesnt list points of interest, so i wanna jot notes into my companion to keep my eye out... rather than walk straight past and not know!!
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