A wonderful walk in the woods

Yesterday’s walk ended with a wonderful walk in the woods ending at Ethan Pond Shelter/campsite. It was a ready nice way to end two rugged yet extremely fun days of hiking. 

I sheltered at Garfield Shelter and began my morning routine as usual with a 5am alarm. The shelter was packed with 16 tired hikers.  Well, 15 tired hikers. I went to bed early and was well rested. I stored my gear as quickly and quietly as possible and was out by 5:30. I chose to eat breakfast at the brook since I needed to fill up on H2O anyways. It was so peaceful. I love mornings. I truly believe everyone missed the best part of the day by sleeping in. But that’s okay, because if they all got up and left then it wouldn’t be as serene for me. 

My stops were short and sweet since I had over 15 miles to cover and one ascent taking up to almost 5000ft. It was a glorious hike though, rugged, steep and awesome at the top. 

I arrived at Ethan Pond campsite about 4:45pm. A very long day. I was able to claim the last tent pad for $8. I wanted one close to the shelter but no it had to be the last one out. The one closest to the “woods” and convenient for bears. I set up, ate and eyelids closed by 7:00pm. A very successful day. I woke at 11pm starving but just had to deal with it because my food bag was safely stored in a bear safe box away from the tenting area. The rest of the night I slept like a baby with just a few tosses and turns. 

It was just a tad chilly this morning. One has to love that fresh mountain air. It sure will get you motivated if you aren’t already. I get to see Batman today. That is always a great motivator for me. Only 3 miles out and I get to see him. Wonder what we will do. Not sure if I will hike on or take a nero with him. 


A nero it is. I met him just after he finished helping The two hikers I had been with a few days ago. We drove to White Mountain Hostel almost an hour a way to drop stuff off for them. Then did laundry. At lunch now to fill up on a burger and we will camp out tonight some where.  

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.