The huts in the whites are bunkhouses, and guests pay A LOT of money to have a bunk to sleep in, and for breakfast and dinner. Supposedly the huts always have hot soup for passers-by to buy, and sometimes they will let thru-hikers do a work for stay, where we can do chores to sleep inside (on the floor) and get leftover dinner and breakfast.
We had a few more miles down to the road, including a crossing of Cascade Brook where a bridge had washed out from the storm. Very scary rock-hopping for me (Bear Bag has no trouble with it) but I finally made it across. When we got to the bottom we of course went right back up for about 3 miles. It wasn't steep until the end, but I was tired when we got to Liberty Spring Campsite around 6. There are tent platforms here and it's a Friday night so it is crowded. We are crammed onto a platform with Torch and a couple of section hikers. And, we had to pay $8 a piece to stay here! Everything...shelters and campsites...costs money in the Whites and it's annoying. You can stealth camp but it's difficult to find a spot with the grade of trail and the rocks. Anyway, tomorrow we are walking Franconia Ridge! I've been looking forward to this for months...I just hope we have nice weather!
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