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Wordless Wednesday: Northern Pennsylvania

Looking out across the Cumberland Valley

Looking out across the Cumberland Valley

Company on my tent pad at Eckville Shelter

Company on my tent pad at Eckville Shelter

A swallowtail butterfly found trailside

A swallowtail butterfly found trailside

One of many rocky spines in PA, like the back of a giant stegosaurus

One of many rocky spines in PA, like the back of a giant stegosaurus

In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that this post was scheduled rather than created tonight.  I’m currently on the Pacific Crest Trail, hiking for the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society.  You can read more about my PCT thru-hike here.

Wordless Wednesday: Pennsylvania, Part Four

A bumblebee on echinacea

A bumblebee on echinacea

A lovely spot for lunch

A lovely spot for lunch

A black rat snake

A black rat snake

The Appalachian Trail symbol

The Appalachian Trail symbol

In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that this post was scheduled rather than created tonight.  I’m currently on the Pacific Crest Trail, hiking for the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society.  You can read more about my PCT thru-hike here.

Wordless Wednesday: More from the Smokies

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The vantage point offered by Charlie’s Bunion, which is located down a blue-blazed trail off the Appalachian Trail, was spectacular!

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“Walking north with springtime” prolonged the season and delayed my hike, as I wanted to stop and photograph every new floral species I saw.

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The trail in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park was well-trodden and made for easy hiking.

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Having been familiar with the high peaks of New England before hiking the Appalachian Trail, I was astounded by the lack of an alpine zone on the higher mountains of the South. Nonetheless, their tree-clad beauty was remarkable in its own right.