Day 167

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.

2 thoughts on “Day 167

  1. You crack me up, J. You had me laughing out loud, when you said, “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.” Just think… in all the ‘wilderness’ out there… it happens all the time -trees falling. In the city you could have an accident on the road, etc. at any time, they happen all the time. It just struck me as being very funny. We’ve both seen it happen… and it could have squished you -ur right… but still funny! Hike on man… and see that mountain get bigger and bigger… but you’ve been on bigger!

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    1. I find it most humorous as well. haha. A squish is a squish no matter from what. haha

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