Sunday July 9, 2017
Gentian Pond Shelter NH 11.8 miles
Total mileage 879.7
I took a zero at the White Mountain Hostel yesterday to give my body some rest. I noticed this morning that my knees are still sore even with taking medication for cramps. I think I will have sore knees for the rest of New England. I’m just hoping it doesn’t get unbearable.
I had another happy reunion at the hostel. MIX walked in last night. I haven’t seen him since the Rock N Soul Hostel in Pennsylvania. He was having some bad blisters at the time and way taking it slow.
I slept great at the hostel last night and the night before. I’ve been lucky to not have to listen to loud snoring during the night in the bunk rooms that I have been in. I have been sleeping with earplugs in and I am getting use to them. I the beginning I couldn’t leave them in all night long because they were painful. I think they have stretched my ear canals out and they are now more comfortable.
I had the best trail today. Well it still wasn’t ideal but it was better than anything I’ve had in a while, but I it will end soon. I ran into some SOBO’S (southbounders) and they were telling me that the next week is rock climbing and a one mph pace. Yuck! That’s s definitely not going to help my knees.
The shelter that I am staying at tonight is near a pond and there was a Moose in the pond! I got to see a Moose!!! 😃 Although it was too far away to get a good picture of it. There were also a couple of beavers swimming around but they were a ways away so I couldn’t see them that well. I was told by another hiker who saw them up close that they were beavers. I also saw another porcupine today on a rock slab near the summit of Mt Hayes.
I got into camp just before 2 pm and got my tent set up, eat lunch, got water, took a bandana bath and was just resting in the tent working on my blog when I heard rain hitting the tent. It was a short light shower at about 3:30 pm.