Up very early and on the trail by 6:15. This was a wonderful day to hike. Sun all day but thunder rolling in the distance most of the day.
We arrived at the shelter at about 3:30, set up our tents, went for water and began cooking dinner just as a good thunderstorm finally came through. As we finished dinner the sun came out again. The rain cooled things down quite a bit.
After a week of great food in Bristol I didn't think I'd be hungry again, but by the time we hit camp I was famished despite snacking all day. Fortunately I had a bag of brownies, no bake peanut butter bars, cookies, etc. that Jane had put together for me which helped until dinner was ready.
Our hike today involved a lot of climbing with the steepest and longest climb saved for last. We did get the first good view in NH on this last climb which always makes the effort more rewarding. We were all pretty tired when we arrived at the shelter.
While we were eating dinner Guardian was inquiring about our plans for the next couple of days. He obviously missed the discussion about Jerry & Jan slake packing us over the weekend. After he heard the plan I don't think I've seen him this excited about hiking since Jon Barb slacked us a second day in Connecticut.
The magic continues!
Love, Peace, Joy & Hope,
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