We’re in the home stretch!
Tomorrow, Janelle and I will attempt the longest and most difficult day-hike of our adventure, a four-peak marathon (Eastman, N and S Baldface and Eagle Crag) that will cover more than 12 miles and take us through some of the most rugged terrain of our journey so far. If we are able to complete that hike, it will leave us with only 12 mountains to go. And we should be able to complete them in about 8 hikes, by Nov. 12.
But first Thursday. The good news is that Janelle has worked hard to reach this level. She’s strong, excited and ready for such a hike. Also, it looks like we’ll be hiking with a larger group for part of the way that will include Trish, Alex and Sage, and a couple other long time hiking friends we’re excited to finally get to the hills with. Preparations are under way, as this hike will force us to bring more extensive gear and food than we have brought before. Also, it’s likely that we’ll be finishing in the dark, so there’s a lot of firsts here!
If you’d like to see some other pics and read a great trip report from our recent Mt. Shaw hike with Trish and the girls, you can check out their website here: Tuesday Trip Report
In the meantime, as promised here are some pictures from Janelle’s first encounter with one of New Hampshire North Country’s most famous denizens. This young buck was casually grazing along Route 302 as we made our way down to the Davis Path to begin our overnight hike up Stairs Mountain. Janelle and I have looked nearly desperately for a moose for months, searching side roads at dusk for any indication. We’ve found moose beds, moose tracks and fresh moose scat on the trails.
But for Janelle’s first moose, she got another bonus. She was with Meena when we came across him. We had brought two cars for our hike and the ladies were behind me when Mr. Moose came into view. Needless to say, Janelle freaked out and we pulled over for a closer look along with dozens of other curious tourists.
The nice moose did not seem to care one bit about the paparazzi (though I’ll bet if anybody made the mistake of boxing him in, he’d care!). Anyway, chalk up another experience for Janelle. Click this link for more moose pictures: Mr. Moose meets Janelle
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B & TC