After taking photos with Terodactyle, we headed out. The wood bear Terodactyle and I are standing in front of was a gift from a hostel, “Chet’s Hiking Hostel.” I believe he said he helped with shuttling people to and from the trail.
So, while I did not specifically outline blogs for these days on trail, I still took notes, but some of these notes are very hard to understand as if I wanted to take the note quickly and get back to whatever I was doing. This is what I have under day 132:
|On Trail Note||After thought (Post Trail)|
|The whites are like a jungle gym.
||The trail changes as you step into the whites (NOBO). They are another animal in difficulty. It is like the feeling of difficulty right after you unlock a more difficult level in a game. I 100% was being challenged with this new terrain and I loved every second of it! At this point, I really needed a challenge too.|
|I will likely not finish when I expected to.||I planned on taking advantage of the weather with at least 15-mile days and now I am likely rethinking if that is even possible.|
|My pack is much heavier with the 5+ days of food I am carrying. I should have planned more stops thru the whites with my winter gear.||I am thinking this b/c the terrain is rough and a heavier pack will only make it more difficult. I mentioned “with my winter gear.” I was not carrying my winter jacket prior to Hanover, NH. Looking back, while I could have, made more stops, I am glad I didn’t. It was much easier logistic wise.|
|I am now reading “Start with Why” by Simon Sinek.||This was a book that was recommended to me by a section hiker like 1000+ miles ago, I finally got around to listening to. It was a very inspirational book. It gave me hope to work for a company in the future with a great leader.|
|Camping with Peasant Melon, Dozer, and Umbrella Face for the night showing videos to each other and talking to the day hikers.||I am not too sure what videos we were sharing, but I do remember camping for the night at Kingsman Pond Shelter, a pay shelter. Lucky for us, there was no caretaker to be seen to take the $10 overnight camping fee. I believe if you are through hiking the fee is instead $5. I was going to stealth to get to a lower elevation, but it was about to rain, and the temperature was starting to noticeably drop. It was the first time I wore my puffy since snow in the Smokies, so it was quite the temperature drop.|
|Took a very interesting picture of a tree by the Eliza Brook Shelter. Can you tell where the tree started to grow? I can’t.|
Took some beautiful landscape photos as well:
If you look closely in the 2nd photo, you can see the power lines from the 1st photo next to the pond.
Tomorrow, as in day 133, is intense and probably one of my best days on trail. That being said, I will try my best to encapsulate its beauty to the best of my ability now that it has been almost two years.