Upwards of 165,000 white blazes mark the way along an approximately 2,190 mile trail that most Central Pennsylvanians know quite well. The Appalachian Trail. It takes about 165 days to complete; an average of 5 million steps. Almost 500,000 of those steps are through Pennsylvania.
229 Miles Through PA
The Appalachian Trail enters Pennsylvania in Waynesboro, near Franklin County, and travels 229 miles to The Delaware Water Gap where it enters New Jersey. It is the 4th longest section of the trail. The difficulty ratings in our state range from 1-9, 10 being the hardest. The elevation ranges from 320’ to 2080’ above sea level. It passes through Caledonia State Park, Michaux State Forest, Pine Grove Furnace State Park, and St. Anthony's Wilderness.
Since the dawn of mankind, we’ve been kinda obsessed with apples. For tens of thousands of years apples have been a large part of our diets and our cultures. Blamed for the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, credited as the source of immortality by the Norse Gods, reproved as the cause of the Trojan war, and an all around great way to get drunk in America since the settlement of Jamestown; as it turns out, apples and people go together like, well, apple butter and smearcase for instance.
Apples, A Brief History
Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? Yeah, if that name were Apple Pie. Apples are a member of the rose family. DNA analysis shows that apples originated in the mountains of Kazakhstan, where the great ancestor of today’s domesticated apple still grows. How we went from that sour, practically inedible apple to the shiny Red Delicious we know so well is a long history of finely tuned cultivation and cultural impact. Apples express extreme heterozygosity, in short, the apples grown from a seedling won't be anything like its parents. Reproducing a particular variety of apple requires a process called grafting.