The Half Gallon Challenge

A hiker successfully completes the Half Gallon Challenge.

The criteria for taking part in today’s National Ice Cream Month celebration idea unfortunately applies to only a handful of people. First, you have to be an Appalachian Trail hiker. Second, you have to be near Gardners, Pennsylvania. Third, you have to be able to finish off a half gallon of ice cream in one sitting.

If this describes you, then get over to the Pine Grove Furnace General Store in Pine Grove Furnace State Park, the midway point of the Appalachian Trail. When you get there, proudly announce you are there for the Half-Gallon Challenge, plunk down your $5.95 and grab a half-gallon of ice cream.

Your challenge is to finish the entire brick of ice cream. If you are successful, you will be the proud recipient of a tiny ice cream spoon stamped “Member of Half Gal. Club.” You also have the option of recording your feat in the store’s black-and-white composition book. Please no real names; trail names only.

While over 500 people complete the entire Appalachian Trail annually, the number willing to take on, and complete, this challenge is around 350.

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