We woke up soaked in dew this morning from sleeping in the field...the condensation in my tent was literally dripping down onto me and the foot of my sleeping bag was soaked. So frustrating. We headed uphill for an anticipated difficult day. We did about 15 miles but it felt like we walked uphill all day. Lots of steep climbs but none over 700 or so feet. We passed through an incredibly sloppy, soggy, muddy field where Bear Bag's and my feet got soaked. He actually stepped in mud over his shoes at one point, but I was lucky to avoid that section! We passed through lots of beautiful forest as well...sections of pines, mountain meadows, and thick hardwoods. We saw lots of maple tap lines as well, draining sap down the mountains to make syrup. Pretty interesting. The morning was slow going and we only had 6 miles done by lunchtime. We stopped to eat at Thistle Hill Shelter and continued down to West Hartford. The elevation profile showed this section to be about 5 miles downhill but it felt like half was uphill! We got down to the road and the trail passed by a deli so of course we had to stop. We each got a sandwich and sat inside for about an hour. Fur Bag, Bootlegger, and Square and Veggie showed up as well. We left the store with Square and Veggie for about 4 miles uphill to Happy Hill Shelter. We talked with them the whole way and it made the hiking seem much easier. We made good time and were here by 6:30. Lots of people here tonight, including a few southbounders and Magic Mix, who is hiking with a cat! Sir has been on the trail for about 2.5 months and 1200 miles and it's one of the cutest things I've seen out here. It makes me want one too! Tomorrow we have 5.8 miles into Hanover and it's supposed to rain so we may end up staying in town. I'm willing to pay money to not hike in the rain!