Started out the day with a pizza breakfast. First part of the day was mostly flat walking. There were even several sections where we were walking through pine needle paths without roots or rocks…heavenly.
There is a lady that is known on the trail as “the cookie lady.” Her place is just off the trail at a road crossing and she gives out cookies to thru-hikers and sells cheap soda and Klondike bars. We went to her place but she wasn’t there so we missed out. Too bad, we were in the mood for all three of the above.
Towards the end of the day we crossed the Mass Turnpike. That was kinda neat as we have seen the caged-in walkway above the road as we have driven by before. We got some truckers to honk their horns and felt satisfied.
Forecast had been for rain this afternoon and thunderstorms, so we were thrilled to make it to the shelter before getting too wet. Just some sprinkles.
The Upper Goose Pond Cabin is where we are staying. This is truly a unique gem of a shelter on the trail. They have bunks with mattresses and it really is more like a hut or cabin then anything else. We are not all sitting around a stone fireplace in recliners or anything like that, but it has a stove and a covered porch area, a mirror in the kitchen and there is even reading material in the privy. What truly makes this place stand out however, is that the caretaker cooks pancakes in the morning for those who stay here.
Beardo took a swim in the pond, in the rain this afternoon. The Upper Goose Pond is fairly large and was nice and clean for swimming.
Daily Distance: 20.5
Trip Distance: 639.4