Monday, September 19, 2011

September 15

I couldn't get to sleep last night but slept well once I did. We got up at about 6:30 this morning and the hostel provided breakfast: quiche, hash browns, bacon, sausage, muffins, and melon. Bear Bag, Snowy, and I got packed up and left the hostel around 8:45. The trail actually goes right along the road in front of the hostel, so no hitch necessary! We road walked for maybe half a mile before the trail turned off into the woods. We had a climb right off the bat but it was fairly gentle. And we were hoping the clouds would hold the rain but that didn't happen and it started sprinkling about a half hour after we left. The sprinkling turned to rain and soon we were all soaked. The climb last for about 4 miles and the rain stopped once we got to the top! We took a short lunch break since we were getting chilled from being wet and got back on the trail. We wanted to do 17 miles today and cross into Maine but it started to rain again and hiking in the rain is not very fun. I only fell once though, but got my butt dirty! The trail was muddy and sloppy, which slowed us down some, and we got to Gentian Pond Shelter around 4 and called it a day. It cooled off during the day and was about 50 degrees at this time, so changing into dry clothes felt wonderful! English Chatter, Flyfeet, and Walking Home are here as well, and it's going to be a cold one tonight...forecast in the 30s! Thankful for a roof in the rain...
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