But it wasn’t until Pennsylvania that we discovered trail maintainers trying to outdo each other. Tumbling Run has a covered pavillion between the two small but pristine historic shelters – marked “snoring” and “non-snoring” – gravel around the campfire rings, beautiful tent camping, and a privy with hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and new car scent air freshner. The maintainer here, a second generation caretaker, works to outdo the “Innkeeper” of Quarry Gap, another pristine shelter in a beautiful setting.
What amazes me is the time and care put into these PATC shelters. Unlike what we experienced in the south – trash piles, grafitti, collapsing / leaking structures, and a lot of nasty privies – these PATC shelters are tempting to live in. Which is why, no doubt, there is a one night stay limit!