We woke up at 6:45am. We had a great breakfast, mainly because some one shared coffee. I don’t normally bring coffee on my hikes, so this was a nice treat.
The first hill we climbed after the shelter was easy and then there was a great downhill section with lots of time for conversations with my sister. It was a tough march up Abe full of lots of day-hikers but the summit was well worth the climb. Shortly after that, at Lincoln Peak, I was given an apple by a day-hiker. I love fruit on hikes but it’s usually not worth the weight. So gifts of fruit are always greatly appreciated.
We rolled into Stark’s Nest at 4:45 again. Allison and Collin were there and a few others. We all went out to watch the sunset. I brought out the beer that I had stashed in the woods and announced that I had just completed the Long Trail. I did it fairly awkwardly but Kim was appropriately shocked. Thanks Kim! We all shared swigs from the bottle. I wished I had more so we all could have drank our fill, but it was at least a good taste.
The night was so beautiful we slept out on the deck under the stars. It was a fitting and beautiful end to my Long Trail journey.
|Kim’s famous pan biscuits|
|Lounging in Stark’s Nest|
|Kim prepares her trail biscuits|
|Beautiful sunset my last night
on the trail
|My celebratory bottle of Long Trail Ale..luckily it
didn’t take me 25 years