So our quick 3 hour trip north, sight seeing, a comfy room and a short ride home the next day turned into a drive to Highland Falls, NY. We knew that we would have hungry hikers so we brought a picnic lunch that we all shared in a small gazebo where we spent an hour eating and getting acquainted with Foon (Alex), his girlfriend Red Socks (Megan), Wiskers (Nathan) and Cliff (Matthew) and of course the Rookie (Tom). Afterwards we all piled into the van and headed to Kent, Connecticut to fetch a package being held for Cliff at a local outfitter. Then we headed north to Maine stopping only for restroom breaks and an impromptu picnic dinner that turned into a mosquito biting festival! We rolled into Augusta, Maine at 11:30 at night; Hank and I were exhausted--we headed to bed---the young folk....they slept in late the next morning!
Thursday found us at Denny's for breakfast well more like brunch but closer to lunch! Then to Walmart and Dick's for supplies and then finally on the road again. We drove, and drove some more. We saw lots of signs on the interstate warning us of moose in the area. We never saw a moose! When we finally reached the area of Baxter State Park we needed to find a hospital for Cliff who needed his arm looked at for a possible infection. While Cliff was being evaluated we all ate another picnic dinner sans the mosquitoes this time. Then it was off to Rite Aid to get prescriptions filled and finally towards Katahdin. Of course our hikers had no camping reservations so we had to take them to a nearby campground. When we left the group, they seemed pretty pysched to be there at the mountain. They were planning on climbing on Friday, August 18. And then it's just several hundred miles back down to NY! A piece of cake.
|Red Socks, Foon, Cliff, Wiskers, Rookie|
|Mount Katahdin in the background|