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Trail magic twice in one day! That makes it an amazing day! First, shortly after leaving camp I had to cross a beaver dam. I heard of some hikers concerned about it and the threat of the water being up to their knees so they did the blue blazed trail around the area, adding 1.2 miles to their day. I’m sticking to the official white blazed AT so I crossed the beaver dam. I simply took my time using my trekking poles and pushed the logs ahead of me to pick the ones most stable. I barely got water in my shoes at all. I think I got a little wet on my right toe. That was it! I feel bad for those who went the long way on the blue blazed bypass trail. It wasn’t necessary. After a while of hiking, I crossed the Swatara River into the park where some people who work for the park were doing trail magic and I got a couple pretzels and a Gatorade. It’s also where I did a nice balancing act on a log over a creek and saw a deer just standing there watching me walk by. After crossing under I-81 and getting the big climb up to the ridge line out of the way, the Pennsylvania rocks introduced themselves. First, it was all the small pointy rocks that I call “ankle breakers” followed by long sections of large boulders. I hear it’s just going to get crazier as we go. We’ll see. Someone made a stick sign on the ground at mile 1,194.3. I cannot believe I am now under 1,000 miles left to complete this journey! To think I started with 2,194.3 miles ahead of me and now it’s in the triple digits! I feel like time is going to fly now. Just shy of the pilgrims rest campsite where I was going to stop for the day, I met the best Trail Angel family I’ve met so far in PA. I am so appreciative of what they’re doing for us hikers. They fed me a cheeseburger and a hotdog with all the toppings and I devoured a bag of Doritos and a Snickers along with an orange soda and a Coke. I was also able to fill my water bottle, get a Gatorade electrolyte mix and 3 Musketeers bar, which I already ate with my dinner. Yes, even with the food they gave me, I still consumed a full bag of instant mashed potatoes with a handful of pepperoni and chili cheese Fritos in it. Hiker hunger is real, ya’ll! It was a good day and I look forward to a big mile day tomorrow. Cheers! I break 1,200 early tomorrow!