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Mount Mist, Ore Hill, Ore Hill Tent Site

I think, if there is one thing I am learning throughout this journey, it's that it really doesn't matter how I get this state done. I pretty much day hiked it at random and then connected the dots when I got a little more serious anyway. And now it's been down to a few overnights and day hikes. I'll have 10ish miles to go after this trip. I had planned on finishing the whole thing this weekend but I didn't like the forecast in the middle with the possibility of strong storms at night over 50%. That's just not my hike anymore and as I figure it, section hiking, I can go whenever I want and that to me says good weather. Incidentally, I was packed up for a Friday to Monday jaunt and even had my rain fly from hammock set up but, I just could not budge. Settled to cut the trip in half. 
Sunday morning rolled around and I fought the urge again to just roll over. Let me explain something to you, along with my RA comes a kind of depression. My body gets tired of fight…
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Mount Watatic

I had bigger plans for the long weekend I had gifted myself and whenI woke up this morning, I wasn't feeling good about the weather. After about 45 minutes of debating, I called it off. Sat down for a cup of coffee and tried to figure out what to do. I'm off through Monday so, I can always get something of a backpacking trip in, even if it's just an over night either in New Hampshire or Massachusetts. Then I figured I would stay local today. I had been meaning to check out the Wapack Trail, so that would be a good one for today. Or at least a piece of it. The whole thing is only about 21 miles but I knew that was not going to happen. Isis and I headed off to Watatic after I packed up my small day pack. 

This was probably our third time on this little mountain so, I figured why not try and continue for a while on the Wapack trail? So, we set out and it really took us no time to climb to the summit. It's a warm day and I am aware of just how much water there isn't o…

Holt's Ledge, North Moose Mountain, Moose Mountain Shelter

I parked my car at the Smarts Mountain Trail head at about 8:30am Saturday morning. There were two other day hikers heading up Smarts. Isis and I, we had a different plan. We'll follow the AT SoBo to Moose Mountain Shelter. The very place we ended last week. This hike would close up the gap and leave just 20 miles to finish the state. 
So, we got underway and the pack was not bad for carrying extra food meant for the Thru Hiker's I'd see at the shelter. I didn't want to over do it but also, I didn't want to under do it not knowing how many I'd see. So, we head out of the parking area and hit the trail across the street. Heading southbound we hike over decent trail (The AT is very well kept) with very few steep grades in it. Isis and I pass over one water source that is flowing strong but since I packed in water, I am OK. We pass the 1730 mile marker to Springer Mtn Georgia and I smiled. Although SoBo is not my preferred direction, I am happy to be out here. It…

Moose Mountain and Moose Mountain Shelter

A short hike today for 2.5 miles from 3 mile Rd to the Moose Mountain shelter in Hanover/Etna New Hampshire. I figured on spending plenty of time at the summit and at the shelter to make the day of it.  Parking off of 3 Mile road could probably fit 3 cars in the pull off. There is no real steep elevation gain to this hike and you are only going up to 2222 Feet. The summit is only 1.9 miles in from the road. You cross several small streams that seem to be drying up. One provides a really good source of water and the others are too stagnate. At the larger stream, there is a divide and an "island" where someone has set up a camp site complete with fire ring. Isis and I walk rather quickly on the wide trail and come across a few Thru Hikers heading North. A short climb that is not steep brings us quickly up to the summit. 

At the summit, I offered the fresh fruit I was carrying to the Thru Hikers there. One took me up on a nectarine and enjoys it on the spot. We chatted for a b…

Owl's Head/Cherry Mountain

Sometimes. things don't go as planned. I was heading to Mt. Success today but Success Pond Rd was not something my Focus could drive on so, I headed back towards 93 and landed at an empty trail head. Peaking at the trail sign, I am looking at Owl's Head. The other one, the little one, Cherry Mountain. It's 2.4 to the summit so, why not. I guess I get to climb a mountain today after all. 

From the trail head, the trail starts out with a small water crossing by a culvert. Heading into the woods, I am hoping that I can loose the road noise eventually. The trail itself is wet in sections down low and seems to go from a wide trail to a more traditional size trail at time. I climb just a little and level out before Isis and I really start to climb. The humidity is very high today causing me to have to slow down a lot and catch my breath. It was going to be a slow hike of the 2.4 to the summit today. There are some small water seeps that are flowing enough to give Isis a drink. …