Today it is hot and humid. PTD started the morning out right by going to this great breakfast joint in town. He was stuffed. Of course to get out of town it is always a steep up. This town had it too. Hard to do on such a full belly.
Ponytail says he came across this pond today w/bunches of brownish colored salamanders. He also saw numerous chipmunks on the trail. PA seems to have oodles of them. Hopes he keeps seeing them because that means less snakes.
Shout out to 5HC's (5 Happy Campers from Jersey) - they were out looking for a special box. They are part of the North America Letter Boxing Club. They were out looking for a clue in a box in a Boulder Field. Dave helped for a bit then needed to move on. Not sure if they found their clue or not. Hope they did.
Dave saw an ammature astronomy place near Pulpit Rock. He also ran into Willey Wonka again. Thank you for the choc chip cookies and fresh apples. Willey Wonka is the father of Megladon traveling w/Tin Tin who are currently thru-hiking the AT. He is support for his son on the trail.
He came across the Pinnacle. People say it is has the best views on the trail in PA. Says there were gorgeous panoramic views of the surrounding farmlands.
Hawk Mt Sanctuary is located on top of Kittatinny Ridge. It is a visitor center. If you go, you are able to see exhibits of Raptors/Hawks that fly by the mountain during the migratory season.
TOO COOL!!! Dave was walking w/his head down (due to all those wonderful PA rocks) and came upon a gentlemen. He says Ponytail, is that you? Dave looked up and it was John Gutowski from Twin Mnt. He was on his way back from FL and wanted to find PTD to give him some trail magic. He knows Dave from Franconia Gas. He is one of his customers that he delivers to. John had tracked him down by following the blog, talking w/other hikers and to some people that were doing some trail maitenance that Ponytail saw earlier in the day. It took John awhile (as the blog is usually a day or so behind) to locate him but he did it! Way to go John! He brought PTD some trail magic. Some Dove ice cream bars, cookies, candy and gatoraide. Perfect! They walked a bit together on the trail while they talked and caught up. John needed to leave as it was getting to be dusk and he still had a ways to travel to get off the trail and a ways to drive home to NH. That was AMAZING that he found him. THANK YOU VERY MUCH JOHN!!!
PTD stayed at the Allenstown Hiking Club Shelter this evening
He did 22.6 miles today, has done 1,229.8 miles to date and has 948.5 miles left to the end of his journey