by Wildcat Dianne
January 15, 2003
In the summer of 1977, my parents, sister Erika, and dogs Klaus and Heidi hiked the part of the Appalachian Trail that goes through the town of Rangeley, Maine.
We started from off Route 4 in Rangeley early in the morning. We had to cross a creek early in the hike, and Mom slipped and fell into the creek. Dad, Erika, and I started laughing at poor soaking wet Mom, and she screamed at us to shut up.
Our final destination was Piazza Rock, an arch-shaped rock about 2 miles into our hike. We stopped here and had lunch and spent about 1.5 hours climbing up the rock and enjoying the panoramic views from the top of Piazza Rock. Our dog Heidi navigated the climb up without any problem, but our other dog Klaus couldn't master the rocks and was stuck at the bottom of Piazza Rock crying for us.
Depending on where and how long you are on the Appalachian Trail, you can do it in a day or several days. You can camp out at the many lean-tos or campsites along the trail. Wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots, dress warmly or bring a jacket, and bring a picnic lunch and toilet paper. There are no McDonald's or public restrooms along the Appalachian Trail!
From journal A Wild Mountain Time