Monday July 10, 2017
Full Goose Shelter ME 9.6 miles
Total mileage 889.3
I cried today. Full blown tears with snot running down to my lip! I was scared! 😢 I had to climb a really big and tall ladder. It was steep! I made it past the rebar climb, but the ladder got to me. It was a ladder made from a tree. The sides were huge tree trunks so it wasn’t easy to hang on to and the steps were really thick and hard to hang onto as well. I climbed it very slowly and had a death grip on it. When I got to the top I crawled onto solid ground but got stuck between the tree trunks/ladder sides at the top. The ladder was narrow. My pack was stuck in between the two trunks and I was to scared to stand up so I prayed and just crawled trying to pull my pack through the narrow opening. Once I made it I just started to cry. I started to question myself again as I have several times on this trip. Do I have what it takes to do this? These scary areas really get to me.
I crossed over into Maine today. The miles from here will be low because of how difficult the terrian is. It is really slow going and more like climbing than hiking. Tomorrow I will be tackling the hardest mile on the trail, Mahoosec Notch. It is one mile in length and will probably take me two hours to complete it. It is a bunch of boulders some the size of a car, from what I hear.