Tuesday June 20, 2017
Lookout Cabin @ mile 1718.2 15.5 miles
Total mileage 694.7
Well our severe weather did start until 2:30 pm yesterday afternoon. But it sure did come down hard. I was glad to be inside all warm and dry. The rain only lasted until about 4:30 pm. There may have been some more showers during the night, but I slept through those if there were any.
I left the rest of the group behind this morning. They wanted to stay for breakfast and the dining room didn’t open until 7:30 am. My energy is best in the morning so I headed out at my normal time of 6 am. They will catch up with me later. The trail was water logged in some areas and in others had water running down it, but I was able to keep my shoes dry for the most part.
The trail was really beautiful this morning. First I walked through a state park that had some really nice camp sites with picnic tables. Then I went around Kent Pond which was beautiful. There were a couple of waterfalls. Thundering Falls was amazing. There was a ton of water coming down it with all the rain we have had.
After that things got hard. The climb up Quimby Mountain was steep and it was humid out. I was a sweaty mess before to long. Then I came to a “ladder”! 😨 I’m not a fan of these. I have a fear of heights! As the day progressed it seemed to get cooler out and I was no longer so hot but my feet were pretty tired and I just wanted to get off them.
I am on private land tonight in a cabin that hikers are allowed to use. Which is very generous of the owners. Although there is no water here so I had to carry all my water for tonight and the start of the day tomorrow over two miles. Water is pretty heavy weighing in at 2.4 lbs per 32.oz. I carried in 64 oz, but I’m happy I will be warm and dry tonight.