Mr. Nature

Mr. Nature

Outdoor Enthusiast, currently Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail. Enjoy: Hiking, Backpacking, Kayaking, Canoeing, Learning, Teaching, Serving, and much more. I am passionate about the Natural World and the cycles that all life to thrive.

  • Mr. Nature
    Published 3 months ago
    Thru-Hiking Pennsylvania Via the Appalachian Trail

    Thru-Hiking Pennsylvania Via the Appalachian Trail

    I had been on the Appalachian Trail (AT) for almost 100 days when I finally made it to Pennsylvania. One of the things you hear about since you start the trail is how rocky the Pennsylvania section is. The grapevine that connect the hikers and the hiking community warns about how you are sure to burn through at least one pair of shoes before the Delaware Water Gap (DWG). Many have even given the section a trail name: Rocksylvania, when referring to the "treacherous" trails ahead. Although I agree that there are many rocks, and concede at times they are tiring, I also believe there is so much more offered by the state than just rocks; and it should be recognized. When I look back on this section I don't just see the rocks that constitute the trail. I also notice the Friendly Trail Towns, Access to Cold Water, and Stellar Views. It bothered me that before PA hikers only hear about the rocks, but when you arrive you find so much more. I want to bring to light the 'Much More' to Pennsylvania from the perspective of Mr. Nature.