Thursday July 20, 2017
Caribou Valley Rd @ 1993.3 to Stratton, ME @ 2001.6 8.3 miles slackpacking
Total mileage 988.4
Although today was low milage it was still pretty strenuous. I went northbound today, doing the hardest climb in the morning. I summited both North and South Crocker Mountains. It was pretty sunny down in the valley before I started my climb, but once I got up in elevation it was really hazy so no good summit photos today. Just one of yours truly and my visor still is lopsided!
I met a women while I was on the trail today. She is 74 and section hiking the AT with a full backpack. She hopes to finish the trail on Springer Mountain (southern terminus) by the time she is 80. I have met some of the most amazing and inspiring people on the trail. I just love this small community!
Tonight is my last night with John and Patti. I could just adopt these two. They are so wonderful and made me feel so welcome. I am so grateful to them. John, for all the shuttling that he did for me allowing me to slackpack and Patti for all her great cooking. I gained a few pounds while I was here. John thru hiked in 2008 and had so much trail knowledge to pass on to me and I was so greatful. As I am writing this I can hear them talking and laughing in the kitchen and they sound like newlyweds telling each other about their days. It is so good to see after so many years of marriage. Thank you both for everything you have done for me! You guys have really had a huge impact on my hike.