Today I woke up at my Bemis River camp site. It rained all night and most of the day. It rained almost 4 inches based on weather reports.
I stayed dry and comfortable in my tent and got packed up dry (tent not dry).
Hit the trail and was pretty much instantly wet, I wore my rain coat and pants for warmth as it was a cold rain.
I hiked about 14 miles. The trail for most of the day was a fast flowing river with waterfalls. I gave up on dry feet the first minute of hiking. Below is a short video, much of the trail was much deeper and faster flowing. I was stepping in ankle deep and knee deep water for hours on end, sometimes knee deep mud. One time I fell pretty hard on slick rock, I bent a trekking pole, my wrist and rear, the right rear specifically took the brunt. I sat there for a few minutes to regain composure and got back to hiking. I am ok.
If the trail was dry, it would have a fast and easy stretch for a change. Won’t see a stretch this kind for at least 100 more miles.
I kept the camera away most of the day. Wet camera and wet fingers do not work well. Many board walks, ok, most board walks were rotted, floated away or were cracked in half and submerged in deep mud were pare for the course. I just chose to walk through deep water, mud, swamp and anything else, instead of adding risk by walking on floating wood and such.
Made it into Rangley, Maine tonight. Letting the feet dry out. Stopped by a local place for a lobster role. Fresh Maine lobster…mmmmmmm
Met a few other hikers today who took some serious falls. They have the head, facial, arm and leg wounds to show off. I do not like people getting hurt. I really hate head wounds. This is not Disney Land. Still living it but thinking of getting home when I complete this journey.
Will do a food resupply and hit the trail again in the morning. I hear its another hard mountain.