Today was more of Pennsyvania’s finest

17.5 mile day today and my feet were doing pretty good until the last mile.  


I thought I was home free until this section. Usually I find this fun but not after 16.5 miles and towards the end of the day. But that’s okay, I slapped myself in the face and adjusted my attitude and it was over before I could break a sweat. 

Saw some cute critters today. 






Also saw a deer and a turkey with chicks. No time to capture pictures on them. The turkey scared me half to death. I never saw it and it flew away. It sounded like a heard of elephants rushing through the trees. I thought I needed the privy on the spot. After my heart calmed and my imagination realized I was not going to be swallowed by a Pennsyvania’s woods monster I realized it was just a turkey. I started to head to the spot she flew from to see if she left any feathers. And there were 3 chicks looking dumb founded as if to say, “hey, mom, what about us?” They were so cute. 

I was wisked away by two wonderful young ladies and taken back to a Girl Scout camp. Michelle Bement, Andrew’s mom (my hiking buddy in the beginning) runs the place. She told me to contact her when I got close and she would host me for the night. How fun. Camp is not in session yet but all the young ladies who are counsellors are here learning the ropes. If feels so good to b surrounded by the fun laughs and giggles. Don’t get that on the trail


Tacos were for dinner. My favorite. I ate two huge plates while the young ladies watched me devour it in awe. 

I am going to give them a little talk in a few minutes about the hike. 

These girl know how to build a fire


Happy Hiking 

Emily M. Leonard

About Emily M. Leonard

I am a 50 year old Maine native and lover of the outdoors. Former Physical Education teacher and soccer coach. I am Married to the best husband ever and gave up teaching and coaching to raise our two wonderful sons. I have always enjoyed being outside and on the go.