March 27, 2009 |
Dennis Quinn talked about his brother to a group of mostly strangers. He spoke in a matter-of-fact way made easier by the passage of 18 months: "Kyle Quinn was my younger brother, and he was murdered at Kutztown University. " That cold reality was delivered over omelets and hot coffee at a breakfast meeting of the Horsham Rotary earlier this month. Later, it was the unavoidable truth underlying a visit to fifth graders at a Warminster school. Dennis Quinn tells the story with what seems like an emotional ease, but in his case, the demeanor doesn't signify acceptance.
July 18, 1993 |
In this tired river town - 15 miles north of Harrisburg, on the west bank of the Susquehanna - there are several churches, two laundromats, a couple of bars and an old brick boarding house called the Doyle Hotel. There are 23 rooms in the three-story hotel and about half of them are occupied, in the words of the proprietress, "by permanent guests, fellas in town who don't have families. " The rest of the rooms, this time of year, are occupied by Appalachian Trail hikers, who seek hot showers and cheap beer.
January 2, 2005 |
Bubbling springs forcing their way through rock, scenic vistas, and good fellowship are all just parts of a hike along the trail - the Appalachian Trail, that is. No, we didn't "through hike" the 2,000-plus miles that many trek from Georgia to Maine, but we hiked about a 50-mile section across Maryland, including side trails. My 21-year-old son, Brandon, and I backpacked this beautiful section of the trail over the summer. Traveling south from the Pennsylvania border, we entered Pen Mar Park with its beautiful view off the western side of the park.
September 18, 1987 |
Maybe it was the promise of lunch and granola bars at the top that encouraged the children to race ahead. Or perhaps it was the adventure of hunting for butterflies and toads along the way. Or it might have been the age-old challenge of getting to the top that made them hustle. Whatever the reason, our family hike up to the Pinnacle, one of the most spectacular lookouts on the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania, was one of those amazing days. The children didn't complain, and the grown-ups got some peace and quiet.
September 14, 1997 |
Caught in an early spring storm, Rick Maerker and Sam Beyer trekked toward a log shelter miles ahead, high in the mountains of North Carolina. The winds blew the snow sideways and elbowed them off the trail. The winds whited out their vision and dropped already-freezing temperatures off the wind-chill charts. Walking produced enough body heat to survive. To stop was to die. They reached the shelter and awoke the following morning to a misty forest sanctuary blanketed white.
July 14, 1998 |
A hiker's cellular phone brought a rescue crew to the aid of a 14-year-old Blue Bell boy who suffered an apparent asthma attack while climbing one of the highest mountains in New England, authorities in Rumford, Maine, said yesterday. David Andrew O'Hara was a couple of hours into a four-day hike along the Appalachian Trail from Maine to New Hampshire on Sunday night when he became short of breath and his arms went numb, said Paul Fournier, spokesman for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
August 21, 1990 |
His legs a mass of red welts and cuts, one of his ribs broken, a blind man is stumbling down the precipitous 500-foot drop of a trail not far from here, tripping on rocks, feeling his way with a green ski pole. His guide dog, Orient, usually leads on harness 18 inches ahead of his master, but the rocks are too sharp here even for the big German shepherd's paws. So Orient is bounding down the incline, leaping six and eight feet at a time, pulling the blind man tumbling down after him. Later, after the day's 15-mile hike, the man will sit in a small hotel room near here, slip his size-14 feet into soft dry slippers - the feet battered, the toenails falling off for a third time - and humbly discuss his quest to become the first blind person to conquer the entire Appalachian Trail, 2,146 rugged miles from Georgia to Maine.
June 5, 2011 |
Don Carey, Princeton University Class of '51, returned to his alma mater for his 60th reunion last weekend. Carey, 81, a retired physician, and his wife, Barbara, 82, traveled from their home in Gilford, N.H., a distance of 540 miles - by bicycle. This was the fourth time the Careys (no relation) pedaled to a reunion at Old Nassau, but this trip was different because they followed the East Coast Greenway, which bills itself as the nation's premier intercity long-distance trail.
August 1, 2010
A caption in the Sunday Travel section misstates the first name of Earl Shaffer, considered the first person to hike the entire Appalachian Trail in one season. The section was printed in advance. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357) at The Inquirer, Box 8263, Philadelphia 19101, or e-mail dsullivan@phillynews.
August 20, 1989 |
Area residents who want to explore the wilderness but don't know where to begin can receive instruction in an eight-part program, Basic Backpacking and Wilderness Survival, beginning Sept. 7. This is the 16th year that the Outdoor Club of South Jersey has offered the semiannual course, said Mark Kravitz, a member of the club and a volunteer instructor. The program, which is offered in fall and spring, is for beginning backpackers, although others are welcome. "We also have a lot of people who have . . . backpacking experience, and decide they want to know how to do things the right way," Kravitz said.