Mount Washington

Sunset at Lake of the Clouds

we got a late start on the Presidential Range leading up to Mount Washington, the second highest peak on the trail, and our last mountain over 6,000 feet. Considering our late start, and tired legs we decided to take it easy and try to work for stay at Lake of the Clouds Hut about a mile and a half before the Mount Washington summit. Continue reading

AMC Huts on the Appalachian Trail

Mountains just after sunrise

Got on the trail by about 6:30 this morning, and stopped by a wonderful spring about a mile into our adventure. Nothing quite like a whole bunch of clear, cold, thirst quenching water to start the day off right! We hopped over boulders for five or six more miles, and arrived at Galehead Hut about 10:30am. Continue reading

Four Months On the Appalachian Trail!

Hiccup and Forge

It was four months ago today that we started in Springer Mountain in Georgia, when I hardly dared to believe that someday we would be standing in New Hampshire. It has been a long and arduous path so far, and we still have a long way to go. After leaving Hanover yesterday we have definitely noticed the mountains getting taller, and we are headed for New Hampshire’s famous White Mountains in the next couple of days. Continue reading

Tough Decisions, Day 1

Grey skies in VT

We spent a good part of the day talking through what we have been thinking and feeling recently as we hiked. It was good to get things out in the open, but it was also really hard because it is pretty clear we are coming to a crux in our journey and we are going to have to make a decision about what to do. We both agreed that what we really need is a break, not just a one or two day break, but like a solid week or two of rest. Continue reading

The No Good, Very Bad Day

vermont stream

Today was probably the worst day I have had in a very long time. We woke up late, and were both extremely tired from the day before, and then the entire day proceeded to take twice as long as it should. Slogging through the mud from last night’s rain slowed things down immensely, as well as a several mile trail redirection because of some washed out bridges, which ended in a stream to ford. Continue reading

Upper Goose Pond and Dalton, MA

Sunny day in MA

Woke up at the retreat center this morning incredibly glad to be bug free, but we knew it couldn’t last. So we headed out the door and back to the trail. The day surprised us though. The storms that came through last night must have brought some different weather with them because today was all sun and a hearty breeze. The timing couldn’t have been better either as we spent about a quarter of today walking on log bridges in swampy areas. The sunny weather had me in a wonderful mood, but I couldn’t help cringing at the idea of what walking through those bogs would have been like in the hot stagnant air that so often sits over Massachusetts in the summer. It was wonderful to actually enjoy the mountains today. When the weather is sunny and breezy like it was today I just can’t think of a better place to be. Continue reading

An Unexpected Retreat From Mosquitoes

Shays rebellion wide

mosquitoes were swarming so badly this morning that the idea of sitting still outside the protection of our tent long enough to eat breakfast was not going to happen. Instead we decided to pack up as quickly as possible and hike a mile or so to the top of Mt. Everett and eat there. Continue reading

Mosquitoes, Mosquitoes, Mosquitoes, Oh and Massachusetts

Mt. Renier

We had been talking with our friend Whiteout about a mosquito kill count, where you keep track of how many mosquitoes you kill by the number of them you swat and then actually see the carcass. Using these rules we decided to start keeping track of how many we were killing. I made it to 100 mosquitoes squished in our first hour and a half of hiking, and Forge made it to 100 killed mosquitoes with another half hour. So between the two of us we killed over 200 mosquitoes in our first two hours of hiking today. Continue reading