Day 125: Monson, ME to Cloud Pond

Trip Start Mar 15, 2010
Trip End Jul 23, 2010

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Hey hey
So I slept like a rock last night. One of those nights where you wake up to the sun pouring in the window and you feel like you haven't even dreamed. This was part one of my re-energizing process.  Part two was the Shaws famous breakfast! You sit down and say "one, two,
or three" I said 3 which means I got 3 helpings of: blueberry pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs, and hashbrowns. When you are finished you can repeat the process. I said two the second time (since I had to hike...otherwise woulda been more!!) so once again Donner eats more
food than anyone else.

The hostel also shuttled Nightcrawler and I back to the trailhead. At this point you head north into the "100 mile wilderness". There is a scary looking sign proclaiming that you shouldn't attempt the hike without 10 days food! (I'm going to chance it with half that!!)  Comically I was sitting on a rock enjoying Little Wilson waterfalls about 10 miles in when I turn around and there is a family of four, wearing cotton and looking awfully well put together. I woulda been less surprised if it were a bear! Well turns out the wilderness isn't really such. You can drive in on many acess roads for day hikes and could also get resupplied if you were desperate.

The hiking is pretty up and down but nothing crazy. The full stomach does slow me down a bit (felt like my legs were made of sausage and bacon as opposed to the lean mean mountain conquering machines that they usually are)

I'm staying at a shelter next to a pond on top of Barren Mtn and the frogs are croaking like crazy. Hoping there might be some loons around, but it's probably the wrong spot for them. Great spot here though. I know the next backcountry trip I take will definitely be a canoe trip somewhere. So if you're interested, start thinking about it!!  This stretch of trail is the last hurdle before climbing Katahdin. In fact today we passed the 100 mi to go mark. I've been in a very
reflective mood all day. My thoughts are on all the places I've been, things I've seen, people I've met, meals I've eaten, etc.

This experience packs a lot into 4 months, even if everyday probably sounds exactly the same to you (and often feels like it to me too) I'm going to miss being out in the woods, listening to the symphony of nature that constantly surrounds me is one of the most relaxing and
cleansing experiences. There is something amazing about the mountain wind, the fresh spring water (with a hint of iodine) and the singing of birds even on the rainy days.  So despite my frequent negativity, I still love being in the woods!

I'll need a break sure, but i'm sure I'll be planning my next adventure soon. Maybe one of you readers wants to participate!  I apologize if these last entries start becoming fanciful descriptions of my love for nature and sentimentality for all my time out here.  I'll try to keep it under control.

So, less than 100 to go! Probably won't have cell service through this section... I'll update when I can. Hope that you all are well and enjoying life in the wild world of civilization. Maybe you can give me some pointers on how to best survive out there?
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