Took a day off yesterday in Caratunk ME. Friends from northern VT came to visit and took me on a white water rafting trip
Laura, son Zach and husband Pat are friends from Chinle
The weather was fine and the water was warm.
Then Pat and Laura returned me to the AT
Following in the footsteps of Benedict Arnold:
West Carry Pond
A few more from today
White cedar bark
A tributary to the Kennebec
Enjoying one of Maine’s finest rivers,
For the past few days I have been really struggling with very difficult terrain and bad weather – constant rain and wind/cool weather. My tent had gotten soaked on Friday night and I was dreading setting it up in the rain. I had just summitted two peaks above tree lines and was cold and wet. When I reached the shelter I was hoping to sleep in, it was full/overflowing with very tired/wet hikers.
I decided to push on, looking for a tent site. As I approached a dirt road, a young man passed me (Jeffrey Lipinski) – I had met him, his sister (Maggie) and her husband (Robby Campbell) the day before.
Jeff Robby and Maggie
He further explained that the 3 of them were staying with Tom Dickey in Eustis ME that evening. Tom (and his dog Max) kindly invited me to join them
Tom and Max with the claw from a 15 pound lobster
Here’s where we stayed:
This was one of the most incredible acts of kindness that I have ever experienced.
Blessed once again,
This very challenging mountain range is the last major series of climbs before reaching Katahdin.
Today starts with the steepest climb on the whole AT – it’s 1/2 mile long. I’ll keep track of how long it takes me.
Yesterday was beautiful in a misty/foggy way
Former beaver pond
It’s supposed to rain a lot in the next 3 to 4 days.
It started raining at 8 am and I’ve been hiking in the rain for 6 hours
I use this app called Dark Skies which has been very helpful in areas where I have a cell signal. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy also supports a site that gives weather forecasts for each AT shelter.
As I was hiding from the pouring rain under a large balsam fir, a woman hiked by – she looked remarkably familiar
I told her that she bore a striking resemblance to one of my children’s teachers in Chinle. Turns out it was her sister. Mary Reeser – sister of Susan Reeser-Yazzie. Uncanny family resemblance. Mary lives in Maine and I may see her again when I get to Monson.
A few more:
Flagstaff Lake – I knew Flagstaff deserved a lake!
Left the alpine zone yesterday afternoon
Some shots in this part of the forest
Also saw a few eastern white cedars.
Looking for pine martens, boreal chickadees, moose, and spruce grouse – not to mention migrating warblers.
Deep into Maine,
200 miles to Katahdin!
Dedicating my blog post today to two amazing creatures I saw yesterday .
First a caterpillar
I wonder if anyone knows what kind of caterpillar that was – it was about 3 inches long. ?luna moth? That tail is crazy!!
Constantly impressed by mother nature,
Although southern Maine doesn’t get much publicity, these mountains are very challenging!
Lots of the really steep parts have wooden ladders or rebar steps or railings.
Caught some nice photos when the sun came out
Is this a lobster mushroom?