AT Museum

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I’m currently staying in Boiling Springs, PA to rest and catch up on the blog. While in Pine Grove State Park, I visited the AT Museum. It’s very well laid out and the staff was helpful. I got a new bandana (lost my favorite flowered one!) and an AT Mid-Point badge.

This is the museum.  The AT goes right past it.
This is the museum. The AT goes right past it.
Earl Shaffer was the first Thru Hiker on the AT. Eventually he hiked it three times. He built this shelter and many more.
Earl Shaffer was the first Thru Hiker on the AT. Eventually he hiked it three times. He built this shelter and many more.
Info on the shelter.
Info on the shelter.
Gene Espy was the second Thru Hiker, and a personal hero of mine. I met him around 2000 and had my photo taken with him. He inspired my hike. I saw Espy and his wife at Trail Days this year. He's recently written a book about his hike, which I plan to read soon.
Gene Espy was the second Thru Hiker, and a personal hero of mine. I met him around 2000 and had my photo taken with him. He inspired my hike. I saw Espy and his wife at Trail Days this year. He’s recently written a book about his hike, which I plan to read soon.
This was the first woman to through hike the trail.  Mother of 11grown children before she started hiking,  she had one bad attempt where she got lost in Maine and had to be rescued. But she went back the next year to try again. She didn't tell her family what she was doing until she'd gone 700 miles!  She used a homemade denim sack over her shoulder and hiked in Ked's sneakers.  She eventually hiked the entire trail three times.
This was the first woman to thru hike the trail. Mother of 11grown children before she started hiking, she had one bad attempt where she got lost in Maine and had to be rescued. But she went back the next year to try again. She didn’t tell her family what she was doing until she’d gone 700 miles! She used a homemade denim sack over her shoulder and hiked in Ked’s sneakers. She eventually hiked the entire trail three times.
In case you wondered.
In case you wondered.
Their mileage sign is a bit off.  Maybe it's an old one?
Their mileage sign is a bit off. Maybe it’s an old one?
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Beth

I'm a professional vagabond. I quit my cubical job in January 2014. Since then, I've hiked the Appalachian Trail, The Camino, and taught English in Vietnam, Turkey, Russia, Spain, Mexico and Peru. I'm exploring the world and you can come too!

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  1. Congratulations on the 1/2 way point. I have really enjoyed reading all about your adventures and looking at the amazing photos.. Plan B is awesome !

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