A WORD FROM THE WILDERNESS

I stopped along the trail to send a quick message. The wilderness has lived up to its reputation. The first day I hiked strongly and camped at a shelter after hiking 17 miles including several summits. The next day the rains came upon me as the trail turned to a river. Fording the many brooks was easier than walking up a torrent of water to get to the shelter only 11 miles away. A tough 11 miles, one of if not the toughest day on the entire trail. It was satisfying to climb the last mountains before Katahdin. If the day was clear I could have seen the terminus but all I saw was fog. To make matters worse my I Pad died likely due to moisture in the protection bag. After stopping at the shelter the sun came out and it looked like a beautiful evening. Last night, the clouds opened up and a deluge ensued. Never have I seen so much rain and never was I so glad to be in a shelter. The lightning and thunder were close as the rain intensified. Today the weather and trail cooperated and I was able to clip off 16 miles before 230. I decided to pull up short to regroup at a campground thus getting out this message. Because my tablet is now disabled my posts may limited.

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10 thoughts on “A WORD FROM THE WILDERNESS

  1. I’m starting to feel somewhat guilty seated in my dry apartment while you’re beating the bushes and fighting the elements…well, maybe not too guilty, yeah, maybe no guilt at all to be honest but I do think about you and wonder where you’re at and what you’re thinking.You’re making your mark brother…blaze on!!

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  2. Thinking of you Andy – just keep walking! – hope you are finding some dryer days to finish up this journey! Sending love your way!

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  3. Bob finished his hike on Wednesday and is flying home today. Trudy made it to the top also. Will he come home a changed man? I expect the hike will have changed him in some way. Thank you for walking with him for awhile. It made me feel a lot better knowing y’all were together and I know he enjoyed walking with you and sharing his experience with you. Good luck and God Bless!

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    1. Almost there, Andy. I was just able to summit. Could’nt let Bob down &got encouragement from other hikers, too. It was wonderful to be w/ him, & we thought of you often. Will be waiting to hear your yell of completion. Thanks so much for Golden Pond. T

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