|On Moosilauke South Peak|
Short day today to meet up with Diane, who camped with me tonight at a nearby intentional community called "Dancing Bones". they are building a new community building in another part of the grounds, so the existing one, which we used, is kind of all dilapidated. The outdoor showers didn't work because the pipes burst last fall. But at least there was one inside with hot water I could use. Wifi too which was nice, and we were able to tent in a small field unbothered. We did get a strong thunderstorm and were glad to have shelter in the community building during it. The shelter last night also had an interesting privy. The shelter was called "Hexacuba" as the shelter was hexagonal, and I assume the "cuba" came from it being near Mt Cube, which I climbed this morning. The privy, whose door was detached and laid nearby, had a sign saying "Penta-Privy" as the privy was indeed pentagonal.
Day 44 - (7/24/16) 8.9 miles (Cape Moonshine Rd to Jeffers Brook Shelter)
Had a leisurely morning with Diane before heading back out on the trail. I saw another bear! 2 in 3 days now. It was off the trail to my right maybe 80ft and didn't hear me at first, so I banged my poles together and then it ran away. Another rush of adrenaline! I resupplied in town with Diane and now my pack is close to the heaviest it has been, which makes the hiking a little tougher than it has been in recent weeks. Tomorrow is the biggest climb yet (I keep saying that, but the mountains keep getting taller and taller), Mt Moosilauke at 4802ft with a 3500ft climb! This is really the beginning of the White Mountains, which should be great but difficult. I'm down to less than 400 miles left to hike.
Day 45 - (7/25/16) 6.9 miles (Jeffers Brook Shelter to Beaver Brook Shelter)
|Moose on Moosilauke!|
Moosilauke was big and a long climb, but not too difficult. I even saw a moose on it! It was on the ridge between the summit and the south peak, just maybe 20ft from the trail. It startled me and at first I thought it was a statue or something, but of course then it moved! It wasn't very big, maybe the size of a large horse, and other hikers who have seen it said it was too thin or maybe sick. But at least I saw a moose on Moos-ilauke! It was so close to the trail, I wasn't sure what to do, as I didn't want to get too close to it, but some other hikers came the other way down the trail and walked right past it, so I did too. The view from the top was great; I could see into the Whites and also Lake Winnipesaukee, I think, far to the east. The top was ruined a bit by a large group of loud teenagers shouting and making all sorts of noise. The forecast, and all the other hikers I talked to, said thunderstorms would be rolling in around 4 or 5pm, so I played it safe and stopped at the shelter here instead of pressing on 9 miles to the next one. But it's 7:30pm as I write this and all we've had has been a little drizzle. I finally met some other hikers that are doing just New England like me. They are a young couple from Wisconsin and are doing just about the same pace as me too, so we may see each other a bit going forwards. They started in Kent, CT around July 1 but skipped the section from Rutland, VT to Hanover, NH.
|On Moosilauke summit|
Day 46 - (7/26/16) 13.0 miles (Beaver Brook Shelter to Kinsman Pond Shelter)
|Very muddy trail|
|Very steep and rocky trail up South Kinsman Mtn|
|Kinsman Pond in the evening|
|Kinsman Pond in the morning|