“You have to learn the way of the leaves”

The section from Connecticut to New Jersey was beautiful, especially with the fall foliage at peak! However hiking in rainy weather 70 percent of the time was definitely frustrating. The leaf covered ground makes navigating the trail tricky, as trail legend “Uncle Walt” told me as I was leaving Mt. Algo Shelter “you have to learn the way of the leaves”. Fall hiking adds new challenges such as shorter daylight, cooler temperatures, wet weather, consistently slick terrain… and Hurricanes!!! I’m currently stuck in Vernon, New Jersey waiting out the “Frankenstorm”, Hurricane Sandy, which is predicted to be the storm of the century.

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Leaving Great Barrington, MA.

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Shays Rebellion Monument.

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Sages Ravine.

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Ten Mile River.

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Appalachian Trail Metro North Railroad Station, a commuter railway into New York City located near Wingdale, NY.

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The Dover Oak Tree. The largest Oak Tree on the AT, it’s estimated to be over 300 years old.

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911 Painted Memorial Flag on Shenandoah Mountain.

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The Hudson River.

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Bear Mountain Bridge over the Hudson River.

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Bear Mountain Bridge over the Hudson River.

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Bear Mountain Bridge over the Hudson River.

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Bear Mountain Bridge over the Hudson River.

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The Hudson River.

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View of The Hudson River and The Bear Mountain Bridge.

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Steps going up Bear Mountain.

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View of Bear Mountain.

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Section hiker Harmon “Recoil”. He hooked me up with warm coffee every time I ran into him!

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The Lemon Squeezer.

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Fitzgerald Falls

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Section hikers Sandy “Indian Cucumber” and Harmon “Recoil” taking a break at Fitzgerald Falls.

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