Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tip to future AT thru-hikers: 1. Don't walk two and a half miles then realize you left your rain jacket then proceed to ditch your pack on the side of the trail and run the five mile round trip to retrieve it. I would suggest just not leaving your rain jacket in the beginning to remedy this situation.
2. Always floss.
Thank you all for everything! Hope all is well!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Thats about it.....ok good talk!
Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountains and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. -John Lubbock
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
This the summit of Mount Washington.
There are huts in the White mountains where people pay about 120$ to stay the night. That includes a supper and breakfast. The huts are run by college aged people. The thru-hikers obviously are not going to pay that much money to stay but in some places the only shelter is the huts. They offer the thru-hikers a work for stay where we get to sleep on the dining room tables and eat the left-overs. It is a pretty sweet deal actually. I spent the last three nights in the huts doing work for stay. The first two huts I gave a thru-hiker program to the paying guests. They asked me questions about the trail and why I was doing it and such. It was pretty cool and actually pretty fun. My last night in one of the huts I did dishes after supper and breakfast. The huts have been a great experience and I can say that I have not eaten better on the trail than the last three days! Here is one of the huts we stayed at and that is my sleeping bag on the right table.
After getting through the Presidential range we moved on to Franconia Ridge which has been one of my favorite places so far. I was walking with a new face to all of you named Deep Dish. Me and Deep Dish were going to try and push 20 miles over the ridge to get to town the day before yesterday. We started up Mt. Lafayete and had been above the tree line for about an hour when we heard the first thunder. Then we saw this moving towards us.We had about five minutes to throw a tarp down and take cover in some boulders. We rode the storm out for about an hour and a half. It might have been absolutely incredible to be in the middle of a storm above the tree line on a ridge. This is me and Deep Dish taking shelter under our tarp. When the storm let up we continued on up the mountain and made it to shelter after about another hour. Visiblity was at about 10ft the rest of the evening. The great thing was the next day was the clearest day we have had the entire time on the trail and we got this picture.
This is another picture up on the ridge.
This is just one of my favorite picture so far. I took this from the Imp Shelter right outside of Gorham, NH.
We are doing well and I am hoping to meet back up with Mike today! It will be good to see his pretty face for the first time in a few days. I love you all so much and am reminded of you each day. God is moving in me in ways that He never has before. I am daily being broken and rebuilt by Him and am so thankful for it. Psalms 46 check it out!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
We have finished the 281.4 miles of trail in Maine and are resting in Gorham, New Hampshire at the moment. Maine was beautiful and a blast. I have posted all of my pictures from Maine go to http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=26517859&aid=2244306&s=20&hash=93a17affea48ed83d6db04338dd63187#!/album.php?id=26517859&aid=2244306&s=0&hash=8c3884768cb05bfe25a4ff094cdf1cec I have learned a few things while being here on the trail. One of them being never eat a 780 calorie whoopie pie for breakfast then go walk 23 miles. This will lead you to a day filled with storms, rain, and running out of water followed by three guys in a two person tent eating McDonalds cheeseburgers. Me plug and dread decided to walk 23 to the road right outside of Gorham in order to wake up and hitch directly into town the next day. We had six miles to go at about 5:00 when the rain began. We were supposed to pass a brook a mile from the road to get water for the night and when I walked out into the parking lot I might have been a little sad and out of water. We did not have water but were going to just ride the night out until the next morning. When we walked out to the road we saw another hiker and he told us he was hitching into town to grab cheeseburgers and then coming back out. We got excited and decided to send Dread to grab us some. Three and a half hours later Dread gets dropped off soaking wet with 8 cheeseburgers haha. It worked out finally and we slept what little we could then we hitched in early the next morning and went straight to McDonalds. It was a great night and out first in New Hampshire.
We are about to hit the White Mountains and get out butts kicked. I am excited about it! Send all mail to North Woodstock, N.H. P.O 03262.
Thank you all for everything!
Sorry so short! Getting kicked off the computer in the public library!!