Just waiting for the ferry

We have made it to the Kennebec River near Caratunk, Maine and are waiting for the 9:00am canoe ferry.   

It is a spectacular morning. A ferry service is provided free of charge by Fletcher Mountain Outfitters contracted by the Maine Appalachian Trail Club and the Appalachian Trail Club. A hiker lost her life here one year trying to ford the river. Ever since then the canoe ferry has been transporting hikers from bank to bank. There even is a white blaze painted on the bottom of the canoe for purist. 

Dave the Ferryman was right on time. A really nice chap who has been doing this for 9 years. He was extremely friendly and you could tell he took pride in the service he provides.  


 This journey is coming to an end faster then I expected. I am ready to be done but at the same time I can’t believe it is almost over. Only 151.2 more miles left plus the descent from the summit. Last night as I lay in my tent not able to sleep I realized, “I my gosh, I only have about 2 weeks left to eat whatever, whenever and as much as I want and not worry about weight gain.” I have lost about 18 pounds but have dropped three pant sizes and I don’t want to put any of it back on. My favorite treat in town is Moxie, nacho Doritos  and chocolate aptly named by a fellow hiker, the Black Bear Special. That will be one habit I will have to kick right away. 

We are staying at Northern Outdoors, a very nice sporting resort that caters mostly to rafting, ATV and snowsledding enthusiasts and the tired and hungry hikers like myself, Maps and Moxie. I have been here on two other occasions during the winter with my brother and other friends. This place is spectacular. A very nice place tuck away at The Forks, Maine. A Lodge hotel, pub and accommodations from tent platforms to whole cabins. Something for all budgets. We are sharing a room in their logdominium. It is a spacious area with a kitchenette, couch area, bathroom double bed and a loft with a double and single bed. I hope to hit the hot tub after supper 

Which is strategically placed right outside the bar. And yes, we won’t even need to get out to order beverages. 

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.