On the Trail with Darcy and Lizzy: Harpers Ferry

In honor of National Trails Day, I’m posting the final entry in “On the Trail with Darcy and Lizzy.” I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the views and sights along the trip taken by Darcy and Elizabeth in Boots & Backpacks. … Read More

Grandma Gatewood: AT history maker, abuse survivor, excellent walker

There have been many inspirational stories about Appalachian Trail hikers, but in honor of Women’s History Month, I want to highlight Emma Gatewood. Born in 1887 to a Civil War vet Ohio farmer, she was one of 15 children. She … Read More

On the Trail with Darcy and Lizzy: Maryland

We left our hiking duo at Caledonia State Park in the last installment. That leaves only about 20 miles before they cross the Mason-Dixon Line, which was originally surveyed in the 1760s by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon to settle … Read More

On the Trail with Darcy and Lizzy: Pine Grove Furnace and Caledonia State Parks

Continuing on the Appalachian Trail south from Boiling Springs, Darcy and Elizabeth leave the farmland behind when they enter Michaux State Forest. This is the geographical halfway point of the Appalachian Trail, equidistant between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount … Read More

On the Trail with Darcy and Lizzy: Duncannon to Boiling Springs

After crossing over the Susquehanna River, the Appalachian Trail goes through the town of Duncannon, Pennsylvania. It is a convenient place to buy supplies and do laundry. One business catering to thru-hikers is the Doyle Hotel. Elizabeth and Darcy stay … Read More

On the Trail with Darcy and Lizzy: the Schuykill to the Susquehanna

Next up in Boots & Backpacks, Darcy and Elizabeth end their visit with Marianne Dashwood and Chris Brandon, and climb back up from the Schuykill River Valley. The Appalachian Trail follows the ridge of the Blue Mountain for many miles, … Read More

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