Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #153 - September 30, 2003
A beautiful sunrise over the lake this morning.
It was a little chilly but clear skies, so the hiking was very
good. Saw some great scenery going by the lakes. After a few hours
on the Trail, I caught a glimpse of something up ahead. It was
a bull moose! We didn't get the greatest look at it since it grunted & trotted
off almost immediately, but it was cool nonetheless. I was starting
to think we'd go through Maine mooseless.
It was on the ridge after Wadleigh Stream where
we first saw what we'd really been waiting for. Katahdin. There
it was, peeping up over the ridge across Nahmakanta Lake. All this
time we have been waiting. Every possible view of it over the last
100 miles was clouded over, but there we were, only 38 miles by
Trail and it was there waiting. After that we climbed Nesuntabunt
Mtn. where we had a spectacular view of it and the range. We had
been waiting so long that we thought we'd really be blown away
- excited, scared, joyful, something. But from here it just seems
like another mountain, another obstacle to overcome.
Made it the 22 miles in gorgeous weather. This
day really wore me down, though. Everyone here at the shelter is
so happy I don't know why I'm not more excited - only 3 days left.
I just feel burnt out and numb to it all. At least I'll never have
to walk 20+ miles in a day again if I don't want. Tomorrow it's
15 to Abol Bridge, then 10, then 5 to the top. Well, we have to
turn around & come down, so it's still 10 miles the last day.
The last day - it can't come soon enough! I have definitely had
some great times and have seen wonderful things, but I'm no long-distance
3 days left.
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