The night in the park was not as restful as I preferred. Kid townies came in after 10pm and made lots of noise. Someone played basketball in their yard until about the same time. Cars seemed to buzz by all night. 5am came way too early.
The trail at first was a wonderful boardwalk thru the marsh, much like the one in Bangor’s City Forest. It carried us through the reeds and over a brook for about a mile before leading us into the woods. At this point Hubby Bear said good bye to Kilroy and myself. We would see him again about 7 miles out. First we had to climb the “Stairway” to heaven. A very steep and rocky step ascent. It was a great leg and butt workout. Another section prepping us for the White Mountains and Katahdin. We actually really enjoyed this climb.
We knew today would be challenging but we didn’t realize it would go on forever. Thank goodness we slacked packed. We should have paid more attention to the warning in AWOL’s guide book “despite the unimposing profile, rocks, abrupt ups and downs make this section challenging” we earned our hiking boots today.
All seemed fine until we got caught in a thunderstorm. With thunder rolling just ahead of us we pushed on as fast as our weary bodies could hike and were able to make it to the end of the exposed ridge just as the sky opened up and drenched us making the rest of the descent slippery. We had to wait out the T-storm at a lower elevation before we could hike on. It was a little unerving.