Hiked 14 miles today, before 12:30 p.m. Wow! Half the trail was very nice, the other half while still very nice was full of rocks, roots and mud bogs.
Passed by a lot of great lakes with sandy beaches and no other soul around. At one point today, I was hiking and I heard a loud crack and a full large tree just in front of me fell over. No wind at all and it just went. It could have squished me good if I hiked a few seconds faster. I have seen a lot of trees fall on this adventure. Luckily, only a few were close enough to cause concern.
There is a lot of water in the form of lakes, ponds, rivers, streams here and going forward I think. At one lake, there was a great view of Mt. Katahdin. It is a big boy for sure. I would be lying if I said it did not phase me just a little. I am excited, but I know it will be challenging, but what has not been challenging out here.
At the 14 mile mark for the day, I came across a boat dock with a sign for White House Landing. It’s a hostel/sportsmans camp place off grid on a huge lake. I decided to stay. Used a radio at the dock and a boat came to pick me up. This may be my last hostel before I summit Kathadin. Depends on weather and other factors too. In Maine, many places give out free cannabis legally if that’s your thing. I did my laundry using a bucket and wash board by hand. I think my nephews should learn this skill…haha
The last few weeks, I was having a hard time thinking about and being ready to “go home.” Urban home that is. My home has been the woods. I have made peace with it now. Not sure how the transition will go, but at least I am not fighting it and accept it now.
45.7 miles to go. 2,145.2 AT trail miles completed.