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Hiking the Appalachian Trail

July 16, 2010
Wilderness Memorial

Found in the woods somewhere around Gapland, Maryland

Photo credit goes to my friend Natacia K. who came across this stone along the Appalachian Trail on a recent camping trip.  Mr.  Caveney was only 16 when he passed away.

The internet tells me that Glenn and his father had maintained a section of of the AT at Gathland State Park (speaking of which, there’s another post in the works about Gathland!), so when Glenn died in a car wreck, his father set up a fund to purchase a 1-acre plot of land surrounding this memorial.  I love it!  Apparently, all along the AT (which runs from Maine to Georgia) there are similar plaques now, with a bit of land purchased in memorial of the deceased.  The Caveney stone, which is flush with the ground, can easily be covered by snow or fallen leaves, but the current trail maintainers try to keep it clear of debris so the memorial can be appreciated year-round. 🙂

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