Appalachian Trail Museum's Half-Way Picnic 6-30-13


The Appalachian Trail Museum ~~ the Trail's halfway point. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Getting halfway to most places isn't a big deal. Who hasn't gotten halfway through a book, college degree or a bad date and given up without finishing.

Getting halfway through the Appalachian Trail (AT) is a big deal.

The Appalachian Trail Museum marks the halfway spot on the AT, in Pennsylvania's Pine Grove Furnace State Park (roughly between Interstate 81 at Exit 37 and Gardners, PA).

For thru-hikers, reaching the AT Museum means you've come 1,069 miles and all you have left is a mere 1,069 miles.

Piece of cake.

Better yet, half-gallon of ice cream ... at Pine Grove General Store, where hikers have celebrated the halfway feat, in spite of half-dead feet, for a long time.

The museum, general store and the park hope you'll visit on Sunday, June 30, 2013, for the Hikers Half-Way Picnic. The picnic begins at noon, unless you arrive early and start the festivities yourself.

It's a celebration of hikers and an encouragement to them not to give up their quest for Katahdin! (Or their sprint to Springer, if they're going the wrong way.)

After chowing down your goodies -- and sharing them with thru-hikers, please -- hang around for some of the best stories ever from folks who will recount their tales of adventure and deprivation along the Trail.


Pine Grove General Store -- Home of the World's Best Ice Cream ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Trail Tales begin at 2 PM, as the burgers settle and before the sunstroked potato salad retaliates.

Many of these stories, they say, are based in truth.

Others? Well, it's kind of like listening to pseudo hippies tell of their lives on communes in the 60s. If they were really there, they could not possibly remember what happened.

HINT: If you hear "hikers" tell of 2,184.2 miles of bug-free, rain-free, mouse/chipmunk-free, stress-free, pain-free bliss on the Trail without any weirdos, sleepless nights, blisters, aches and/or need for real toilet paper, you might only want to believe a small portion of what you're hearing.

If, however, you hear of a hiker's latent desire to thwack their former BFF with a spray of poison oak if s/he whistles that *$)%^ song JUST ONE MORE TIME, you're probably listening to a true thru-hiker -- especially is s/he smells like a person who has been in the woods so long s/he no longer believes s/he stinks to high heaven.

The Appalachian Trail Museum Society

The Appalachian Trail Museum Society is a not-for-profit organization formed in 2002. The society organizes programs, exhibits, volunteers and fundraising nationwide for the Appalachian Trail Museum, which opened on June 5, 2010.

The AT Museum is a tribute to the thousands of men, women and families who have hiked and maintained the 2,184 mile trail that passes through 14 states from Maine to Georgia.

Click Here for the Appalachian Trail Museum

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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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