“It was a hot day and I hadn’t bathed for three days.  This spot on Nesouadnehunk Streams looked so inviting.  It was painfully cold.  I forced myself into it, scrubbed my skin and hair with sand while shaking uncontrollably.  The mountain fed stream was icy, I could hardly breathe, my skin stung and turned red.”

Katahdin Streams, Appalachian Trail, Baxter State Park, Maine, May 30, 2010.

First Bath on the Appalachian Trail photographed by Nichole Hastings

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