Pennsylvania, ice cream and reaching the middle

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The last part of Maryland was rocky....
The last part of Maryland was rocky….

I’m currently staying in Boiling Springs, PA. I’ve been bad about keeping a log the last few days, so here is a pictorial view of my hike.

Really, rocky. Yes, that's the trial....er...trail.
Really, rocky. Yes, that’s the trial….er…trail.
But I finally arrived at Pen-Mar Park, the border of Maryland and Pennsylvania
But I finally arrived at Pen-Mar Park, the border of Maryland and Pennsylvania. The edge of the park is the Mason-Dixon Line! I’m out of the south. The trail stops being the ApaLATCHan and becomes the ApaLAYshun. 😉
...and it has a lovely view.
…and it has a lovely view.
Shortly after the park is the official half way point of the trail!
Shortly after the park is the official half way point of the trail!
I skipped a short section of the trail to get to Pine a Grove Furnace State Park. Here at the General Store is the infamous AT Half Gallon ice cream challenge. There were only 3 favors available when I got there, so here's what I bought. I got three spoons into it and the ice cream truck arrived with over a dozen different choices.
I skipped a short section of the trail to get to Pine Grove Furnace State Park. Here at the General Store is the infamous AT Half Gallon ice cream challenge. There were only 3 favors available when I got there, so here’s what I bought. I got three spoons into it and the ice cream truck arrived with over a dozen different choices.
The challenge is to eat it in 30 minutes. I was pretty proud when I finished in 28 minutes. This guy took 16!
The challenge is to eat it in 30 minutes. I was pretty proud when I finished in 28 minutes. This guy did it in 16!
We all finished and had a lot of fun. It will be awhile before I can eat Butter a Pecan again. Cupcake (far right) whimpered near the end of her Moose a Tracks, "the chocolate ribbons aren't even fun anymore."
We all finished and had a lot of fun. It will be awhile before I can eat Butter Pecan again. Cupcake (far right) whimpered near the end of her Moose Tracks, “the chocolate ribbons aren’t even fun anymore.”
And here was our praise!
And here was our prize! 
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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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