Early Birds Get the Blizzards

Published Mar 6, 2013

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Winter 2013 on the Appalachian Trail ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Today is Wednesday, March 6, 2013.

For most of us, it's another day of longing for Daylight Saving Time and spring.

For travelers, it's another winter day of flight delays at O'Hare, JFK and even Reagan, in D.C.

Driving along the East Coast is hazardous, due to what is being termed "wallpaper paste" snow. The kind that gives old guys heart attacks and screws up the backs of eager young bucks.

Winter is taking another whack at America.

Early birds on the Appalachian Trail (AT) are being pummeled by high winds, rain and deep snow.

Ron Brown -- whose Facebook page is one of my favorites -- runs "Ron's Appalachian Trail Shuttle" to Springer Mountain, the southern terminus to the AT.

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Winter 2013 on the Appalachian Trail ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

As of last night, Ron has counted almost 200 hikers headed north to Mount Katahdin. I wonder if a few stragglers hit the trail in addition to his score of 195, but that's close enough.

These brave souls are cold, wet and probably wondering what the heck they're doing in a snowstorm on a strange hill ... far from video games, beer and SNL.

But you and I know why they're there. They're fulfilling our dreams of hiking the Appalachian Trail.

You and I don't know their "real" names or what their Trail Names will be. We only want them to plod on and not give up.

They've made it farther than we have -- me, at least.

So we watch the forecasts.

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An Appalachain Trail Marker that represents hope and direction, not the death of a march to Maine. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

We offer up a sympathetic, vicarious shiver for the heroes on the AT.

We pour another cup of hot coffee and we snuggle with our honeys. All warm and dry.

Wishing we were out there in the cold.

Freezing, perhaps. But on the march to glory atop Mount Katahdin.

Hoping that we don't give up.


Tags: Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Appalachian Trail, Hiking, Hiking Gear, Camping Gear, News, Weather, Appalachian Trail Clubs, and Appalachian Mountain Club

About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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