Got up at 7am and took my time tearing down camp, left around 9. Talked with Loco Pony & Hummingbird for a while; they left in late February. The walk is kind of boring today; not as many wildflowers out and mostly roller coaster climbs – not steep but just constant up and down. My knee is stiff and sore but much better. I am so thankful it is ok. I am so glad to be out here. I have a real hunger to finish the trail, to summit Katahdin.
The Chestnut Knob shelter we are staying in tonight does not have a good water source, so I had to fill up at a pond about 1.8 miles before the shelter. The pack is so heavy when I have to carry 5L of water! I have been trying to “camel up” – ie, drinking a liter of water every time I get to a water source, so I don’t have to carry as much water with me.
The climb up to the shelter wasn’t that bad, even with the extra water weight. The open ridgeline provided really incredible views of the mountains and valleys. Got to the shelter – it sounded scary in the guidebook (“concrete block shelter, fully enclosed with door”) – but turned out to be quite nice. I really like tenting and having a big of privacy. But being in the shelter is much easier, and this one has 4 walls! Here with All the way, grandbob, don’s brother, owl, and 2 section hikers (one named Sammy and not sure of the other).