We step off trail for a moment to let a huge group of hikers pass us by, heading up. There are half a dozen kids Janelle’s age, a couple little ones and three adults. None of them have water. None of them have a pack. One adult is carrying a two-year-old in his arms.
I keep my mouth shut. The trail is not long, it’s still early in the day and there are many hikers around. It’s foolish to have nothing, but they should be fine today.
Tired, and thirsty, but fine.
One of the adults asks me how far to the top, and I’m honest. I tell them it’s still a mile and the real climbing is yet to come.
He seems crestfallen. “The last guy said we were almost there,” he sort of whines.
“He lied,” I say pleasantly.
Mt. Pemigewasset (7/29/12)
Height: 2,557 feet
Location: Franconia Notch, I-93 exit 34A to Rte. 3 north to Flume Visitor Center
Our trailhead: Whitehouse Trail (Notch paved path) to Mt. Pemigawasset Trail, up and back
Distance: 3.6 miiles round trip