I fell short of today’s mileage goal

We saw lots of wildlife this morning before we even got back to the trailhead. Deer, birds, baby bunnies, red and grey squirrels, and a ground hog were all out for a morning romp. The most exciting was a black bear picking through a “bear safe” trash receptacle. So much for don’t feed the Bears. 

  
The trail was much friendlier then it has been the last couple weeks. It was quite enjoyable. There were still rocky sections, that’s to be expected just not horrendous like before. 

   
           

Today was also blessed with some fabulous views. 

   As I strolled by this bog I was serenaded by a chorus of frogs. It was so cool. I love frogs. 
         

A single strawberry was waiting for me to pick and enjoy as well as blueberries again. Glad there was only one strawberry. After plucking it swiftly and tossing it down the hatch I noticed it had grown under a poison ivy patch. Yikes, again. If there were more who knows how long I would have harvested the treats. I need to watch out more carefully for that stuff. Too many times I act without inspecting. 

  Here I signed a trail register. I was able to see that several of my fellow hikers are way ahead of me. I didn’t see anyone on the trail today. Well, not any NOBO hikers. I did see 3 sets of 2 south bound hikers though. 
Hubby Bear meet me about 14.7 miles out today for a snack and quick rest. I rehydrated, had a snack and aired my feet. I redressed my feet and headed off to get in another 5.2 miles since the day was early. But after entering the trail again my toes immediately started to burn. I think they swelled a little after removing my boots. That was the end of the day for me. I decided not to push it. I fell short of today’s mileage. Oh, well. 

Back at the hotel, yup, hiking in luxury still, I cooked our dinner in our room. I was able to boil fresh veggies we bought at a farmer’s market we passed. Yummy. 

   
     

We finished the day with a soak in the hot tub and ice bath for my feet. All is great out here on the trail. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings. 

   
 Happy Hiking

Emily M. Leonard

About Emily M. Leonard

I am a 50 year old Maine native and lover of the outdoors. Former Physical Education teacher and soccer coach. I am Married to the best husband ever and gave up teaching and coaching to raise our two wonderful sons. I have always enjoyed being outside and on the go.