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and the day started out going UP. The terrain had some rocks and roots but not nearly to the extent

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trail Journal Backpacking JOURNALS September

 and the day started out going UP. The terrain had some rocks and roots but not nearly to the extent it had been. That was nice. I wore a new pair of boots today. Between Rocksylvania and Katahdin my last pair was worn out. They were close


View from South Crocker Summit  


Today got off to a much better start.  Thank goodness!  We were out the door early and planned a NERO so we wouldn’t be hiking until after 1am again.   

Papa Big Swig dropped us off at a gate on a gravel road.  We had to walk a half mile to the trail. It was a nice graveled walk and very clearly marked was the A.T. sign.  

We did a NOBO flip flop again, and the day started out going UP.  The terrain had some rocks and roots but not nearly to the extent it had been.  That was nice.  

I wore a new pair of boots today. Between Rocksylvania and Katahdin my last pair was worn out.  They were close, but didn’t quite get 500 miles on them.  That’s pretty much the standard for new boots and the A.T.   

Hugs had the lead today.  She sometimes plays music while she hikes and today was one of those days.  I much prefer the sounds of the forest, so I stayed pretty far back.  

My radio station is chirps and tweets... I love it!  Thanks to my readers I’ve determined that wild chicken was a Spruce Grouse.  And let me yell you they sing a beautiful tune!! 

I listened to chirps,whistles, and tweets all the way up South Crocker Mountain at 4050ft elevation. I stopped about 3/4 of the way up and turned around for the view of where I had been.  Then I climbed to the summit and took in another view.  

Going down the other side was a little tedious but much less than the Bigelows were two days ago. There are still wet areas in places, but the ground is trying to dry up too. My new boots still look fairly new! 

My next UP was North Crocker Mountain at 4228ft.  The grade of the incline was nice.   I climbed it quickly and really didn’t expend a lot of energy.  Today felt so effortless that I didn’t even bother to stop for lunch. That’s a first! 

The decline was steeper than South Crocker had been, but not horrible.  It was a long long down to the parking area where Papa Big Swig was waiting.  He had picked up another hiker Jack Rabbit whom we dropped off in town at a BBQ joint.  

I’m back at our campsite early.  This is good because I’m getting my big pack ready for a couple of days out.  

Until Next Time 

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