Today was the first day where we were actually making mileage the entire walk (yesterday’s hike was 10.4, but only half that is in the actual direction for us on the trail).
Lots of rain and blowing overnight.
We got an early start and were packed up by 6am. The day became very rainy and we had either light drizzle or heavy rain for most of the day….so we were wet for a lot of the day. Temps were probably around 60 or high 50s so it wasn’t cold enough to be uncomfortable, even with the rain….quite comfortable actually.
Lots of roots and rocks on the trail, similar to our typical hiking in NH. Only little bit of up and down to get to a view point looking back at Katahdin. No view today though, visibility probably at less than 1 mile with the fog.
Had a crazy encounter with a crazy bird, which we thought was a grouse at first but was acting odd. We believe it was protecting some young because as we walked closer it came at us with its feathers up and was hissing. It charged a few times and we here waving our hiking poles at it to keep it away. In the end we had to jog away from it as it was holding its ground. For those of you who are familiar with Beardoh’s FORMER fear of birds, Sweetpea can attest that this was not simply his paranoia! Sweetpea named it the kamakazi bird.
Met a northbounder who was finishing up his thru hike in the next day.
We are camped at Rainbow Lake campsite. Great site close to the lake which was beautiful at dusk.
I can hear the loons singing as I write this.
Daily Distance: 21
Trip Distance: 26.2