I got an early start yesterday for a twenty mile hike that had some good climbs. I wasn’t the first one out if camp though. About an hour into the hike I caught up to the family of hikers who I had met the day before at the shelter. They are from Pennsylvania and are hiking the New Hampshire section of the AT this summer. I don’t think they made it all the way to Ore Hill because I didn’t hear them come in. I should see them later today at the Hikers Welcome Hostel though. That is my destination for the day and it’s only seven miles seat. So I’ve got an easy day today with plenty of time to do laundry, organize my gear, resupply and rest my legs to start the White Mountains tomorrow. Also I will pick up a package at the hostel that the Princess sent to me with some warmer clothes and a few other items. It’s hard to imagine needing warmer clothes because yesterday was very hot and humid. In fact I was so hit after hiking that I couldn’t even stand to cook a hot dinner so i just ate some food that didn’t require cooking. But the weather in the Whites can be cold, even in July so I’ll need the warm clothes.
The highlight of the day was hiking up Smart’s Mountain and it was a long hard climb. The reward was a great view from the Fire Tower at the top.
I camped last night at Ore Hill which does not have a shelter, just a Privy, a spring, and places to set up tents. The shelter was burned down in the fall of 2011 and there’s a sign on the trail requesting any information about who might have burned it down.
It rained a little bit last night and I slept really well. I’m finally at the point where I can sleep in the tent as well as I can in a bed. I finished reading ‘A Farewell to Arms’ last night. It was a good story and it’s considered one of the ‘great books’. I would like to read some critiques and analysis of it to see what makes it such a great book. Next I’m reading a Bill Bryson book about Shakespeare. Bryson also wrote ‘A Walk in the Woods’ about hiking the Appalachian Trail. I think it is being made into a movie.
I’m going to get going now and head to the hostel. Here are pictures of the Pennsylvania family and some rocks with Smart’s Mountain in the background.