Right before Harper's Ferry Ian's grandmother got very sick. Luckily we were so close to Washington DC so he was able to get a flight back to Seattle, but unfortunately she passed away before he made it back. At least he was able to be with his family for the funeral. During this time I hung out in Camp Hill, PA with a friend from college. I am very grateful for her flexibility and hospitality.
We got back on the trail just after Boiling Springs, PA so we have passed the halfway mark! The beginning of Pennsylvania was nice and flat, a lot of fields, very easy going. The last couple days of Pennsylvania though have been pretty miserable. There are more rocks in the last 100 miles of PA than anywhere else I've ever been and most of them are turned with the sharp end up.
We did get to hike through a superfund site yesterday where they used to smelt zinc...it was pretty interesting, with some great views of the surrounding towns due to the hillside not having many trees from the soil acidity, but the boulder field leading up to it was so insane.