10/9 Katahdin

November 22, 2013 at 3:23 pm

This is the hardest post to write.  I am not the first hiker to say that it felt like waking up to Christmas morning today.  As our sleepy minds thawed, we listened to the little stirrings all around us.  The sounds of camp and familiar voices filtered through our dream haze and woke us up with a feeling of excitement brimming over into nostalgia.  Already, we realized, we were at the end of a long journey;  An ending that we had silently hoped for on hundreds of occasions, that we had begged and pleaded each mountain range to bring us […]

10/8 Katahdin Stream Campsite (10.3)

October 25, 2013 at 6:31 pm

We woke up in our motel room feeling eager to get back to the trail.  The morning clouds were clearing quickly, and we knew we would see Katahdin as we approached it today.  We were glad we waited an extra day to summit – as we poured out of the shuttle at the entrance to Baxter State Park, we saw Talker, Delorean, Saga, and Doc Spice approaching from the bridge.  There was a huge reunion in front of the campstore, and we all walked the ten quick miles to Katahdin Stream Campground together.  A massive chain of hikers wound Northward […]

10/7 Millinocket (7.5)

October 25, 2013 at 6:03 pm

We succeeded at one of our rare sunrise hikes today.  Flicka and Snacks, on the other hand, had a different opinion about waking up.  LadyMac tried to round them both up, but had better luck with the one she had a harness for.  A grumpy morning husky sniffed and snorted irritably around Snacks’ motionless hammock, infuriated that only one of them had to wake up at this ungodly hour.  We like to think that it was this bitterness mixed with the intrinsically devious Husky nature that prompted Flicka to leave Snacks a gift directly under his hammock as we watched. […]

10/6 Little Beaver Pond Camping (18.2)

October 25, 2013 at 5:47 pm

It was hard to leave our perfect campsite today.  LadyMac and Snacks hung their hammocks up on the beach so they would be greeted by the sun but I’m glad we put our tent behind some tree cover; the winds last night off the lake were icy and piercing.  Fortunately, we are always warm now that we’ve upgraded sleeping bags. We made it to the next shelter, where it looked like we had some catching up to do with Limey based on the journal entries. Then it was up to the top of Nesuntabunt, a small climb with a big […]

10/5 Nahmakanta Lake camping (18.6)

October 25, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Today was so flat!  It’s hard to believe this is the end; There’s only one mountain left, and it keeps reminding us at every viewpoint.  We made it to Antlers campsite in no time at all and admired the double seater privy with a register in it.  Ostensibly it’s for playing tic-tac-toe, which we had to admit was much more feasible than the time consuming game of cribbage. Despite our lack of variable topography, or perhaps because of it, we had incredible views all day from the lakes along the trail.  The trail was also remarkably nice considering that we […]

10/4 Whitecap Range and Cooper Brook Falls Lean-to (17.1)

October 25, 2013 at 4:49 pm

We woke up to Walmart incredulously asking in a loud voice “What kind of hikers aren’t up by six AM?!” as he gleefully bounded through our campsite.  We were already packed and fed by the time Snacks had a breakfast fire going this morning.  LadyMac had her hands full between waking up a disgruntled Husky and preventing Snacks from burning the forest down, so she started up a little later than us.  Part way up the mountain we found Grizzly Giant crying, which was not what I expected.  Actually he had taken a branch to the eye and failed to […]

10/3 Sidney Tappan Campsite (11.7)

October 25, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Mark had to work pretty hard to get me out of my zero degree sleeping bag today.  It wasn’t particularly cold, but I’ve been seriously spoiled by having so much down fill in my life.  Lady Mac and Snacks left pretty early to reach Lady Mac’s grandparents – ‘Moose Slayer and Junior’ (Moose Slayer’s her grandma.  She’s a great shot.)  When the three of us got down to the road, there was soda waiting with a note from Lady Mac.  She was resupplying with her grandparents but would be back on the trail later. We hit 2100 miles today, which […]

10/2 Chairback Gap Lean-to (12.4)

October 25, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Our day started with a river ford.  Or, as I thought, a rock hop.  Wearing my brand new perfect water proof boots, I spent a few minutes surveying the river and decided that I could hop across it.  Because my shoes no longer suck up moisture like it’s their job, I figured I would be able to keep my feet dry in an inch or two of water, so I started my rock hop by stepping on a rock just barely submerged.  I carefully balanced on it as I started to step to the next one and promptly lost all […]

10/1 The Hundred Mile Wilderness (13.6)

October 25, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Here we go… Into the Hundred Mile Wilderness, our last chance to eke out the end of Camptober (we can change with the times, we’re flexible).  Snakebite thinks we should call it ‘GetToKatahdinBeforeWeFreezetober’ but I don’t think it flows as nicely. We all stopped at Little Wilson Falls today to enjoy some sun and some beautiful waterfalls.  The trail into the HMW is fairly flat with some small ups and downs, but that hardly means it’s uneventful.  We had a big river fording today at Big Wilson Stream which turned out to be pretty entertaining. A group of highschoolers showed […]

9/30 Monson (6.7)

October 25, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Woke up with a quick walk ahead of us today!  Just a couple hours got us into Monson, and then we spent the day being remarkably lazy.  Wanting to take full advantage of our last trail town, we did all our normal chores and then laid like vegetables in front of a television drinking beer, eating icecream, and watching Hocus Pocus.  It wasn’t exactly a picture for our finish card, but it was nice to feel like people again.  Lazy, lazy people. We are very glad we sent ourselves food packages now because the resupply in Monson was one gas […]