GARDNERS, Pa. (AP) -- Josh Gourley had another name last year along the Appalachian Trail: Ewok.
The Hagerstown, Md., resident gave himself a fanciful trail name, as do many who make the 2,178-mile trek from Maine to Georgia. And a desire to reconnect with the journey drew him to Saturday's grand opening of the new Appalachian Trail Museum in central Pennsylvania.
"The trail will always be memorialized in my heart," Gourley said, adding that he was glad to see it commemorated in a museum that was "an affirmation and a celebration of a lifestyle."
Several hundred people attended the opening and saw that lifestyle celebrated even in the official "ribbon" cutting. Rather than a ribbon, the material cut was duct tape, which is used to repair everything from tents to hiking boots along the trail.