BENEFITING: Council on the Environment, Inc.
EVENT DATE: Apr 11, 2011
DISCLAIMER: I use Twitter a lot; my tweets will likely not have anything to do with this project.
Anyways, "Sponsor" me as I hike the Appalachian Trail this Spring! Let's raise some money to help improve NYC's environment as I set out to walk my way through the East Coast's remaining wilderness!
Follow my progress! http://citywren.blogspot.com/
Each Time you donate, I'll add a mile marker!
*Mile 1405: This next interval brings me through New York, past Bear Mountain and up to Canopus Hill Road! Whoa! Thanks, Mable and Nelson!
*Mile 1355: This mile brings me to "Long House" -- whatever that is... I also crss Brady Road here. Thanks, Xi!
*Mile 1305: I've passed another state boundary, and now I'm at Crater Lake, New Jersey! Thanks, Chantel!
*Mile 1275: this mile is past Wind Gap, PA, on the way to a place called "Wolf Rocks" -- love it! Thanks, Cynthea!
*Mile 1265: This mile brings me to the Leroy A. Smith shelter in PA, with reliable water sources and a privy. woo! Thanks, Heather!
*Mile 1235: I'm at P.A. 309, and the summit of Blue Mountain, in Pennsylvania. Thanks, mysterious donor!
*Mile 1185: This mile brings me to the 501 shelter in PA -- one of the few shelters from which you can order pizza delivery! Thanks, "Uncle" Roland!
*Mile 1135: 0.5 miles past Cove Mountain Shelter. I'm past the Midpoint Marker now!! Thanks, Mable!
*Mile 1085: I'm in Caledonia State Park, at Shippensburg Rd, Big Flat Fire Tower... how does that work? Thanks Crystal!
*Mile 1065: I'm in Pennsylvanis now! mile 1065 brings be to "Chimney Rocks"...which I assume is descriptive. Thanks, Danielle!
*Mile 1040: Out of Virginia, past West Virginia and into Maryland! Mile 1040 is located at Black Rock Cliffs, an elevation of merely 1800 ft -- a lot shorter than the Georgia mountains! Thanks again, Mom!
*Mile 940: Not listed in the book, this mile is still in Shenandoah National Park, 3 miles past Byrds Nest #4 Picnic Shelter. Just a mile and a half from this point is a spring! Sweet, sweet water... Thanks Lindalou!
*Mile 915: this mile brings me to Big Meadows Lodge and Campground, a much-needed rest stop. Time for a shower! Thanks, Kim!
*Mile 885: On Skyline Dive in the Shenandoahs (mp 77.5), at Ivy Creek Overlook. Sounds like a place from another time. Thanks, Bonnie!
*Mile 855: I've reached Shenandoah National Park! Only about 150 miles left in Virginia, the longest state on the trail! The SNP kiosk, where I pick up a permit, is here (well, 0.2 miles back). Thanks, Lara!
*Mile 830: Located at "Three Ridges", I've now passed Montebello and the Priest, a town with friends and a large yet beautiful overlook. Thanks, Aleesa!
*Mile 780: Officially 1400 miles left to Mt. Katahdin! This part of the woods is snaked with other trails, being located close to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Rocky Row Trail intersects here, and Fullers Rocks and Little Rocky Row are also noted on this mile. So many rocks! Thanks, Jill!
*Mile 630: Just past Clendennin Rd. (VA 641), about 1.4 miles from some Springs notable enough to be mentioned in the guide. Woo! Thanks, Ro!
*Mile 600: Standing atop a different "Brushy Mountain" in virginia (this one is 2900 ft in elevation). From Mile 525 to here, I've passed the opportunity to go to two towns: Bland and Bastian. Thanks Jackie!
*Mile 575: approaching "Brushy Mountain", one of several, apparently, in Virginia. Thanks Sandy!
*Mile 525 is in Jefferson National Forest in Southern Virginia, almost a mile past the intersection of the AT ith VA route 601 and 4 miles from Partnership Shelter. This shelter has a propane-powered warm-water shower! Thank you, Chris!!
*Mile 325 on the AT is on the long stretch of trail that weaves along the border of Tenneessee and North Carolina, in the Great Smoky Mountains! I would be closest to Little Bald, a 5,220-foot peak.Thanks, Jo!
*Mile 275 is technically on the NC-side of the TN/NC border, less than 4 miles past Hot Springs, NC. (The AT passes right downMain Street in this town!) 275 would place me at Pump Gap -- whatever that is! Thanks, Mel & Dan!
*Mile 175 places me at Mollies Ridge Shelter -- the first shelter (going Northbound) of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (and only a mere 4,570 in elevation)! From the 2011 Thru-Hikers' Companion: "Legend says the area was named for a Cherokee maiden who froze to death looking for a lost hunter and that her ghost still haunts the ridge." Thanks, Christi!
*Mile 125 is still in Nantahala National Forest in NC, at a spring! (4,900 ft). Refreshing! Thanks, Alisa!
*Mile 100 is in the Nantahala National Forest in NC, a Cherokee word meaning "Land of the noonday sun", according to the 2011 Thru-Hikers' Companion. Mile 100 wouldd place me equidistant from Big Spring Shelter (at 4,916 ft elevation), named for the spring (called "Big Spring") behind it, and Glassmine Gap. Thanks, Mom!
*Mile 50 (My own donation) places me at Unicoi Gap on GA route 75, closest to the town of Helen, GA. I'll be in Chattahoochee National Forest!
HERE'S THE CAUSE! http://www.grownyc.org/
All monetary contributions will go towards GrowNYC, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving NYC life through increasing local community gardens, creating school "learning" gardens, creating farmer's markets and increasing volume and awareness of recycling programs throughout the city. Let's improve NYC's neighborhoods through less trash, better food, better education and better surroundings!
Note: The really beautiful map of the Appalachian mountains added to this page is a cropped version; the original (along with the Entire contiguous US) can be found here: http://benfry.com/allstreets/map5.html and is by Ben Fry. The map is solely of roads and contains no outlines or other features, yet topographical features clearly stand out as roads weave their way around them.