Met up with Johanna Sage Salay yesterday evening and hiked to Lake of the Clouds hut.
I’ve known Johanna since she was born (in Chinle, AZ). She is in med school now in Portland ME. She drove out to do some hiking in the Presidential Range.
This morning we set out on an epic loop hike from Pinkham Notch to the top of Mount Washington
Next stop, Wildcat Ridge!
Spent most of today slowly trudging up very steep climbs.
To amuse myself, I photograph and collect mushrooms.
Today was another great chanterelle day
It also was a day for learning more about boletes
Including the ones to stay away from
A few more:
Lonesome lake lodge
The views from the tall peaks in NH are spectacular
Today, I tackle the Franconia Ridge – all above the tree line!
Loving the whites, hating the whites
There’s a concept on the AT known as the “freedom step”.
When the trail is very wet and muddy, a hiker can spend a lot of time skipping from rock to rock to avoid getting his/her feet wet.
Today the trail was ridiculously wet from all the recent rain.
At some point the likelihood of maintaining dry feet becomes very small and the hiker takes a “freedom step”
It’s a great feeling, once you take the plunge.
Decided to take a day off today after a long and challenging day yesterday. We came out the woods quite wet last night. It was nearly dark and raining when we got to a road. A very kind woman stopped to pick two of us up. She drove us to a hotel (where we got the last room).
The skies brightened in the morning but the weather looked concerning in the afternoon, so we “took a zero” and hung out at the pool.
Rumor has it that there are more Pokemon on the AT, so we’ll find out tomorrow.
Moved to a very cool hostel for tonight
Rained all afternoon so we made a good choice
Back on the trail tomorrow in search of boletes
Rested today – actually walked several miles while touring the campus, and took some photos
“The Green” with Baker Library in the background:
Baker library tower:
“The Sphinx” – home of a “secret society” that did not include me
Visited my fraternity Kappa Kappa Kappa (Tri-Kap, the K-lodge) which had just completed a multimillion dollar renovation
Met some of the brothers (Class of 2018) – Jon Swartz beside me and Cesar Rufino and Ruben Gallardo entering the house at the ground level
Also met some Dartmouth administrative folks who had worked with me on collaborative projects between Chinle and the Dartmouth Tuck School of Business.
And Christine Holden
Visited a classroom where I took a religion class in 1975
Back on the trail in the am,