Day 127: Carl Newhall to Cooper Brook

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

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Hey all
Another drizzly and at times, downright rainy day on the AT in Maine. It would really stink to live in this state and have summer weather like this!!  However not all bad! The day started beautifully, blue skies and crisp morning temps. Passing the first beaver pond I hear this odd whining and splashing. I thought it was a beaver and so I looked over and stopped hiking...only to notice a big mama moose and her calf splashing around in the water! As mama went deeper in, the calf was somewhat nervously calling out. Very neat scene, but I didn't take a picture as all this was happening exactly backlit by the bright sun.

The next step isn't nearly as touching, getting to climb a couple thousand feet up four different mtns, each taller than the last until reaching White Cap Mtn at 3600 ft. The low clouds were swirling through past the summit so it was a little disappointing. I did take the opportunity to turn on my phone and send out my blog.

Upon heading down the north side the clouds began to part and suddenly things were pretty clear. There in front of me, for the first time in all her glory, loomed Katahdin. All the previous guesses and false alarms at other mtns was thrown to the wayside. There was no mistaking  
the greatest mtn.

Amazing how suddenly you realize what you are doing and gain perspective on all of the journey. Katahdin was almost a myth for much of the trip, then a distant place seemingly unreachable. Now it's only a few more days. The end is in sight, literally. And what a beautiful  
sight it was. Katahdin is mostly out by herself surrounded by low ridges and lots of lakes reflecting back the grey skies.  This was the highlight of the day. Only ten minutes later it was  
raining, and this continued for the rest of the afternoon. Talking to others, they got no view, both before and after. Those magical 5 or so minutes were just for me, as if Katahdin was beckoning only to me. I can't wait to get there!!

Few more small climbs, lack of hiking motivation and sticks in my shoes. I had to actually stop and take out these invaders it hurt so much. That's when I realized that my veteran trail runners are very near the end of their life. They open on the front and allow things to poke in... I'm hoping they can somehow survive another 60 mi. I'd hate to have to climb Katahdin in my crocs!

Staying at a shelter along a roaring river, should mean a good nights sleep. Saw an otter in the river and that's a first for me. Sleek little thing running around on the bank and jumping in and out of the water. Neat animal.

So ending my hike I'm slightly worried about a couple things: 1) I need a job. We all know how difficult that has been. Though maybe putting my AT experience on my resume will catch someones attention?

2) staying healthy. I need to gain 15 lbs but I don't want to go on a fast food binge to do so. I'll need to find some routine of healthy food and exercise to do this responsibly. Also, how will my hiker hunger affect this? People say that it takes a couple of weeks for the hunger to go away. Can I go hungry even when I have total access to food?

Such dilemmas that aren't an issue in the woods! Maybe I'll just turn around and walk back to Georgia.

So that's all for now, hopefully things will dry out overnight. Of course my shoes won't, so tomorrow will be another case of the wet shoe blues.

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