To swim or not to swim

Yesterday’s hike was just absolutely perfect in every way imaginable. I had a great night’s sleep. Wye Knot and I were together again. The trail was phenomenal and the weather couldn’t have been better. Oh, yeah, I didn’t have to bathe in Ben’s 100 Deet. Next Year and Seneca slacked, we would catch up later. 

We stayed at Kinsman Pond shelter just after Kinsman Mountain at 4892 feet. The climb up was amazing. I was so proud of my effort. It was a very steep and rocky accent that required several hand over hand maneuvers since I am so vertically challenged. I love every minute of it. I took lots of pictures but for some reason the blog app will not access all oft pictures. 

Before the climb the trail followed a beautiful stream for almost a mile. At the crossing I had a nice long hour break and soaked my feet while I cooked lunch. I don’t usually cook at lunch time but since we were blessed with trail magic the night before I had extra food I didn’t want to carry up the mountain. So I ate a huge meal, my normal lunch plus latnight’s dinner. 

After dressing my happy feet and packing up after a trail smorgasbord I headed up. I passed the first spot that would have made a nice spot to take a dip 5 minutes after leaving my lunch break. Swim or not to swim was my dilemma. Not. Another 2 minutes another swim hole, swim or not to swim? Not, no time. A few more minutes, I couldn’t take it any longer. The summit could wait, if it took me at worst, one mile per hour I would reach the shelter by 6pm. That wouldn’t  be bad especially with the awesome weather. So I stripped down to my skivvies, I was getting ready to go all naturalle when two young guys paused down the trail. I stopped and said no worries I am going to swim. They didn’t care and they two were comtemplating a swim but also wanted to hike on. I did get them to takes photo. As I enjoyed my very cold yet refreshing swim I heard the hoots and hollers of two hikers ip ahead. They also decided it was too good to pass up. 

Well, the summit was still there and just perfect.  

 
And I reached the shelter about 6pm. 

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.