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GSteffanos

@GSteffanos

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Waterbury, CT

Author of Then the Hail Came, a book about my 1983 Appalachian Trail thru-hike, available on Amazon in both paperback and eBook.

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  1. Franconia Ridge

    September 5, 1983: Today marked the end of day tripping for a couple of days. I began hiking one of the longest stretches of the Appalachian Trail unbroken by road crossings — the twenty-seven miles between US 3 in Franconia Notch and US 302 in Crawford Notch. The section of the A
  2. Watch your step

    Icy footbridge in Finch Brook Preserve, Wolcott, Connecticut, February 20, 2019, 4:21 PM. #hiking #photography #outdoors #landscapephotography #hikingadventures #nature #Connecticut #winter #February #stream #snow #ice #naturephotography #trails #footbridge #wintertime #OriginalCo
  3. Maryland

    July 12, 1983: I climbed a short flight of wooden steps up to the B&O railroad bridge over the Potomac. This was the unofficial section of the AT’s Harpers Ferry side trail — unofficial because the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad posts the walkway against trespassing in order to absol
  4. Rands View Then and Now Wide-Angle Version

    In mid-April 1983 I was the entire graveyard shift at a gas station in New Haven, CT and getting pretty fed up with the job. I decided to hike the AT and gave my notice the next morning. Two weeks later, I was on Springer Mountain. Accumulating the rest of my gear and preparing w
  5. The Second-Biggest Water Ford on the Appalachian Trail

    September 28, 1983 At the bottom of the long descent from the Chairback range was the second-biggest water ford on the Appalachian Trail: the West Branch of the Pleasant River. Twenty-five yards across and barely knee-deep, it was no real challenge to a backpacker who had so recen
  6. Then and Now.

    Rands View on the slopes of Prospect Mountain along the Appalachian Trail in northwest Connecticut. One pic is from August 14, 1983 during my thru-hike. One is from yesterday, April 8, 2024. Looks like a portion of the forest along the bottom edge of the field in 83 is gone. Hard
  7. Upper Goose and Finerty Ponds

    August 17, 1983: This roadwalk was nothing like the flat Housatonic valley. The roads descended steadily, and often steeply, into the village of Tyringham. When I reached the downtown area, it turned out to be several houses, a post office and a pay phone. I called home to set up
  8. The Last Two Mountains on the Appalachian Trail

    October 1, 1983: The first day of October in the North Maine Woods was a warm one — even warmer than yesterday. It was not even a bit chilly when I awoke. The trail today was rugged for this flat lake country. The initial two miles were a climb to the north summit of Nesuntabunt Mo
  9. Hoodoo and gnarly tree

    Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. April 1984. #hiking #photography #landscapephotography #hikingadventures #nature #Utah #nationalparks #BryceCanyon #desert #canyon #Southwest #hoodoos #OriginalContent #PostPlaces #PostPics A deep blue cloudless desert sky. A landscape of pinkish b
  10. Chairback

    September 28, 1983 It was a raw, bitter night, once again ending a string of warm nights after one in a row. I could not get myself out of the sleeping bag this morning. By the time I hit the trail, it was 8:30. The climb of Chairback Mountain was easy, and an expanse of craggy, bu
  11. Grand Canyon

    Grand Canyon, Arizona, from April 1984. #hiking #photography #landscapephotography #hikingadventures #nature #Arizona #nationalparks #GrandCanyon #desert #Southwest #canyon #OriginalContent #PostPlaces #PostPics Looking down a steep slope into the Grand Canyon. In the foreground, t
  12. September in the Whites

    September 1, 1983: When I arrived at the junction with the side trail to Smarts Mountain Shelter, I was more than happy to make a short side trip in order to recover from that climb and enjoy the expansive vistas to the south and east from the shelter. I flipped through the regist
  13. Colorful retreating clouds sunset

    Woodtick Recreation Area, Scoville Reservoir, Wolcott, Connecticut. November 25, 2019, 4:28 PM. #hiking #photography #outdoors #landscapephotography #hikingadventures #nature #Connecticut #forest #autumn #November #sunset #sunsets #sunsetphotography #trails #lake #autumn #Original
  14. Pennsylvania

    July 14, 1983: The Appalachian Trail descended into Raven Rock Hollow before climbing steeply along some cliffs. It continued to climb, more gradually, along the ridge crest. Then, it left the crest and slabbed the western side of the mountain. The footway was extremely rocky, but
  15. Dramatic clouds sunset

    Scoville Reservoir, Wolcott, Connecticut. July 9, 2021, 8:18 PM. #hiking #photography #outdoors #landscapephotography #hikingadventures #nature #Connecticut #summer #August #forest #sunset #sunsets #sunsetphotography #trails #lake #summertime #OriginalContent #PostPlaces #PostPics
  16. Wild Horses

    June 10, 1983: My next side trip was a climb to the top of a rocky outcrop in Rhododendron Gap, a mile-and-a-quarter later. I finished off the roll of film in my camera and put a new one in before moving on. I decided to tackle the Wilburne Ridge Trail from that point rather than
  17. Gold cotton candy clouds sunset

    New Britain Reservoir, Wolcott, Connecticut. September 8, 2020, 7:16 PM. #hiking #photography #outdoors #landscapephotography #hikingadventures #nature #Connecticut #summer #September #forest #sunset #sunsets #sunsetphotography #trails #summertime #OriginalContent #PostPlaces #Pos
  18. Pine Hill

    Macedonia Brook State Park, Kent, Connecticut. March 14, 2024, 12:37 PM. #hiking #photography #outdoors #landscapephotography #hikingadventures #nature #Connecticut #spring #March #forest #naturephotography #trails #mountains #springtime #OriginalContent #PostPlaces #PostPics A dee
  19. Thank You for Choosing the Talking Vending Machine

    May 11, 1983: A local resident told us about a motel owned by an elderly lady who was partial to hikers, so we went over there to check it out. She told us she would give us a room for twelve dollars if we wanted to share a bed, or we could pay fourteen dollars for two beds. I lau
  20. Boardman and Little Boardman Mountains

    September 29, 1983: A relatively-level ridge walk led to Mountain View Pond. Across the small, crystal-clear lake, Boardman Mountain’s slopes were aflame with fall colors. The air was very tranquil for autumn, virtually a dead calm. A perfect reflection of Boardman was etched into

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