Appalachian Trail: Caledonia Park to Old Forge Road

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In early December 2020, my phone buzzed with a message. Someone replied to my suggestion of "maybe going on a scocially-distanced hike" (sic) from months earlier. That weekend, the weather seemed nice, and the arbitrarily chosen meeting point was (for once) closer to me than to my friends.

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Trail Information
Name Appalachian Trail: Caledonia Park to Old Forge Road
Type section hike
Location Michaux State Forest
State PA
Country USA
Miles 11.6
Difficulty easy
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This would be first day hike on the Appalachian trail, one of the most important hiking routes in the United States. My company would be the inimitable Nik and Andrew, former colleagues. Both of them are connoisseurs of fruit-essenced sparkling water, experts at making strange faces, and brilliant at pointing at things. Andrew's special skill is consuming vittles.

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The sights?

I <3 Lichen
I <3 Lichen
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Andrew points at a clearing formed when part of the forest was felled for power lines.
Andrew points at a clearing formed when part of the forest was felled for power lines.
Said clearing
Said clearing
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Eventually we came to the part of this section of trail with a cool outcropping of rocks and a vista.

Pointers gonna point.
Pointers gonna point.
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The lake in the distance. Yes, I'm showing off how much I can zoom.
The lake in the distance. Yes, I'm showing off how much I can zoom.
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Eventually, we came across a very robust Appalachian trail shelter, complete with separate lean-to's for "Snoring" and "Non-Snoring," as well as a tree with a face at it.

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Overall, it was a tremendously enjoyable day, as I hope the photos showed.