Hello to all our favorite friends, family, and AT supporters! The time has come to finish this hike. Hard to believe it, but in just a few hours this adventure will come to an end. Crazy!
Here are some things you may wanna know:
1. We got through Hurricane Irene in the 100 mile wilderness by staying put inside a shelter. We watched the rain come down all day long from the comforts of our sleeping bags and with the company of a few fellow hikers.
2. My wonderfully awesome man Doni, has driven to Millinocket, Maine to come day hike the last two days with us and to bring me home. Yesterday we all hiked the 10 miles through Baxter State Park to bring us to the base of Mt. Katahdin.
3. It is just 5.2 miles to the summit today, but there’s almost 4000 feet of elevation gain, so it’ll be a tough day. It rained last night and there are some showers on the horizon, so we’ll be getting out as soon as we finish our delicious bacon (and other breakfast foods), as to try to avoid getting too wet. It likely means we won’t have a view from Maine’s highest peak, but it’ll be magical nonetheless.
4. There is a feeling of accomplishment in the air here at The Appalachian Trail Lodge and Hostel as our fellow hikers have summited or are about to. We’ve met some amazing folks over the last week or so and have run into some old favorites too. Even at the end of the line, this hike is still a game of leap-frog. We’ve traded preliminary congratulations with our compatriots as we’ve made our way through the last 100 miles, and post-summit hugs with them here in town.
Gotta get to the trail head!