Section 12 (AT in a Day)
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US 30 in Fayetteville, PA to Va.55 in Linden, VA - 104.6 miles
Section Chiefs: Angela Dunnham '13 & Wayne Bardsley '70
US 30 to Pa.233
Hikers:John And Gwen Pedrick
My wife and I met David Baukman '88 on the porch of the Hoover House in Waynesboro, PA on Friday night and planned our AT adventure. We left the Day's Inn early on Saturday morning and took his van to the intersection of the AT and Snowy Mountain Road near South Mountain, PA. We then drove him to his starting point at Pen Mar. We drove back north to our starting point at Caledonia State Park. Unfortunately, we were too late to meet up with Glenn Reed and his wife.
Our hike took us south from Caledonia State Park to Buzzard Peak, known as Chimney Rocks where we met David and then backtracked to his van on Snowy Mountain Road. Including the backtracking we hiked about 11 miles.
It was a beautiful day for hiking. The trail was quite rocky as can be seen in the few pictures attached. We were surprised not to see or hear any wildlife. In Iowa, the deer are thick. Apparently South Mountain was having a parade with lots of firetrucks. That was the main thing we heard for the last couple of miles.
We stopped at Rocky Mountain shelter and wrote a message in the register book about the Dartmouth Outing Club and our big hike. We also signed-in at a station along the trail near Chimney Rocks.
We had a great day in Gettysburg on Sunday before driving back to Baltimore for a 6:15 a.m. Monday flight back to Iowa.
It was a fun AT adventure. Thanks to the committee who organized it. Happy Birthday, DOC!