Appalachian Trail Day 113
Day 113, 06-20-01
Goodard Shelter – Stratton Pond Shelter
19.4 miles, AT – 1621.5
6 AM 4 PM
I woke up at 5 AM to the black flies. First one hit my face and I thought no big deal. Then another and another, then it was time to get up. I packed up really fast. I only ate half my breakfast, the rest I ate at the fire tower on top of Glastonbury Mountain. I forgot my bandana.
The hike was uneventful. More beaver ponds and marshes. I saw more moose droppings and tracks. I hung out at a river before summiting Stratton Mountain. BA went into town to get an ingrown toenail looked at.
I got some more great views on top of Stratton. Once down, I hung out at the Stratton Shelter – swam, then the lightening, thunder, rain and hail hit. The wind was crazy. The shelter has a tin roof so it was so noisy. Captain, Speedy, Crash and Arlo had to hold out on the mountainside during the storm.
The caretaker here saw a black bear and a moose all while I was here. I also saw a loon on the lake. I was told they don’t start calling till 11 PM.
Lots more toads today. The bugs are suppose to be bad north of here. I can’t wait for Mom & Dad to pick us up tomorrow.
Scatman 2011- The hail storm was crazy. Captain, Speedy, Crash, and Alro came in drenched from being caught in the storm. We had a great day of hiking and dinner at the big table in the shelter was really great. It felt like a feast. The table was covered with stoves, pots and food bags. I was disappointed I didn’t see the bear or moose.
Get out there!