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Mount Cube, Hexcuba Shelter, Smarts Mountain

This is it... The last 10.2 miles from 25A in New Hampshire to Smarts Mountain. The only thing I need to do is get out of bed! Saturday was a little rough. When the weather cools off, there's just this appeal to staying under the warm covers. Plus the dog.... So, I pushed it to almost 6am. Thankfully I am only traveling 2 hours away. But when I think of it, it might as well be a world away. The damage that 25A received from the storms earlier this summer was nonexistent. I parked at the pull off by the trail and get everything ready. There were other hikers milling around and some where finishing their journeys. This was the beginning of the end for me. Well, the end of New Hampshire. 
Just a short distance from the road is a pretty decent tenting area. The water source is flowing. This makes for a nice in-between for those that can't make it to Ore Hill or Hexcuba (depending on your direction). I said good morning as I passed on through. This trail starts out with a nice gra…

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…

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…