“Ginga Ninja” waiting for the train at Harper’s Ferry.

This is where I ended my 2014 section.  I hadn’t intended to.  My plan was to hike to Vermont where I got off in 2012. 

I had developed some pain in my ankle, babied it, took lots of zeros in hostels all thru northern Virginia …  I had stayed several nights at Teahorse Hostel, and walked out of Harper’s Ferry on the ATC side trail to get back on the AT. As soon as I started down that rocky ridge overlooking the Shenandoah River, I knew I wasn’t going to Vermont. Not this year.

I limped down the trail back into town, The Amtrak station was right there. I took the train home …

The person pictured is not me, but the picture captured my mood.

Finally got around to designing and building a cozy for my Snow Peak Trek 700 cooking pot.  

Cozys allow backpackers to save fuel by finishing the cooking process in a cozy. For instance, Trailcooking.com in their “Fuel Saver Quinoa” suggests boiling quinoa for 5 minutes, then placing the pot in a cozy for 15 minutes. A big savings over simmering for 20 minutes.  

For more on the materials and design, see The Laughing Dog Blog at: http://bit.ly/LDawg

628 Miles To Go …  Southbound out of the Green Mountains, thru the Berkshires, and down the Taconic Range. I’ll summit a few of the state’s highest peaks, drop down to the lowest elevation on the trail, and cross the Hudson River on the Bear Mountain Bridge. I’ll cavort with the bears of New Jersey along the Kittatinny Ridge to Delaware Water Gap. I’ll pass thru the Palmerton superfund site, tip-toe thru the infamous rocks there, stay at the old Doyle Hotel in Duncannon, and cross the Cumberland Valley. I’ll blast thru Maryland, and get to Harper’s Ferry hopefully before the leaves start falling back home …

The rest of the story at bit.ly/LDawg

A memorial on the summit of Bluff Mountain, where little Ottie Cline Powell’s body was found after he went into the woods to gather firewood for his schoolhouse in 1891.

Hiker’s walk past monuments such as this often along the trail. Many of them are documented in wonderful detail by two-time thru-hiker J.R. “Model T” Tate’s book, “Walking With The Ghost Whisperers.”

The Appalachian Trail crosses the 4,802’ summit of Mount Moosilauke at the southern end of the White Mountains.  For northbounders, it is the first of the big peaks in the Whites, and for Southbounders it’s the last.

On the left is a memorial plaque honoring Dick Sanders, former president of the Dartmouth Outing Club. To the north one sees whites all the way to Mount Washington.