As luck would have it, my sister and her family were in Maine and headed toward their summer vacation spot off the coast of Maine the day after i climbed Katahdin.
Little Gott Island is just south of Mount Desert Island/Acadia National Park.
I’ll be here for one week, then back to the middle Atlantic states to finish the last 700 miles of the AT.
There’s a land bridge connecting Little Gott and Big Gott Islands at low tide
My neice, Sadie with Big Gott Island in the background:
I’ve got my own private sleeping cabin (oh, yeah):
Mount Desert Island in the background (looking north):
Gott Island Post Office:
Resting up and enjoying the beauty of coastal Maine,
Left the 100 mile wilderness this morning and crossed Abol Bridge to get over the mighty Penobscot River.
This was the river that Henry David Thoreau followed to get from Bangor ME to Katahdin in the mid 1850’s when he wrote his book The Maine Woods.
I was joined by my good friend Juan Durer (Wanderer) who I had not seen for over two months. We were both very happy to run into each other to share the final Katahdin event together.
We caught up on our recent experiences and realized that we hike at the same pace and like taking breaks.
He introduced to cold Ramen, which he had for lunch.
He showed me a picture of a cool toad he had seen recently
Any ideas what type of toad this is?
Now we are at a campsite ready for the final 5 mile, 4100 foot vertical ascent of the northern terminus of the AT.
Long John (Baxter State Park trail steward)
Just walked out of the wilderness. Had no cell signal and my phone battery died yesterday.
Not enough cell service to upload photos.
That was very beautiful but very hard – trail was uneven with roots and rocks – many ponds, lakes, and rivers. Saw and heard many loons. Saw 3 bald eagles at Rainbow lake yesterday.
On my way to camp at the base of Katahdin so I can climb it tomorrow.
After the rains yesterday, it cleared and dropped down into the low 40’s. It was hard to get out of my sleeping bag this morning.
Saw these interesting pink objects on top of some Indian pipes
Heading up to white cap peak today, which reportedly has a view of Katahdin
Closing in on it,
I’ve been scouring the countryside for these babies and ran into some beauties in the fourth mountain bog.
My son, Matt, and I have been growing carnivorous plants for a few years so it is fun to see them in their native habitat.
A nice bolete
Some pretty scenes from yesterday evening
Then it started to rain last night and rained most of the day today. The trail got messy.
The hemlocks up north are healthy and majestic
Red squirrel – they can be annoying.
Red spruce (top) and white spruce
Fruit of the “stinking Benjamin” trillium
Spring peeper (“X” on the back)
Lots to see out here,
Met this family yesterday and have been hiking with them today as well
They are hiking the 100 mile wilderness and then plan to climb Katahdin. The boys , Keith and Blake are ages 9 and 7. Truly inspirational!!
I saw a pair of pine martens scurrying across the forest floor yesterday evening. They almost ran right into me. They got frightened and climbed a tree – ser if you can see one in this photo – right of the tree trunk. Looks like a cross between a fox and a weasel.
I hope to complete the 100 miles in 6 days.
Here are some sights.
A hemlock (shorter needles) and a balsam fir
A cool treat sent to me from my sister-in-law Vicky .
Loving this wilderness section,
Just left Monson ME with a very heavy pack
Enjoyed some draft blueberry soda while in Monson
Had a new pair of Hoka’s mailed to me. Got nearly 500 miles from the old ones (had several holes in the upper fabric which I covered from the inside with duct tape):
Now on to this long wilderness stretch
Weather looks good for today and tomorrow!!!
Big toothed aspen:
Looking forward to the Maine wilderness,