Milestones on August 31

1900 miles!!
Entered into Maine!!

Today was a hard day (rain off and on) with tons of steep climbs and difficult miles but God is faithful and so good to me.

Just a few last photos of NH. The last pond was very beautiful. Sorry, Not enough signal to attach photos

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August 30 – Out of the Whites!

I have made it through the Whites concluding my day just on the other side Mt. Hayes (mile 1890.6) It was a beautiful day for hiking

I have attached an early morning vista from Carter Mountain, a later morning view from Mt. Moriah, and some great trail blessing from “Why Not” (a thru-hiker from 2009).

Today I also passed the 300 mile maker- less than 300 miles to go to finish the journey!! Tomorrow should bring some milestones as well.

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August 29 – Hike over the Wild Cats

It was kind of a discouraging day – I had hoped to hike about 13 miles today but ended up only being able to log 9.3.

However, RaceWalker and I hiked over the four peaks of the Wild Cat Mountains. The terrain was so difficult that we could only cover about one mile per hour.

The state of New Hampshire is indeed beautiful. I took several photos today and have included two that I really like. One is of Lost Pond taken early in the day and the other is at Carter Notch with one of the Wild Cat Mountain peaks looming above the pond.

Thanks for your prayers. God is faithful!

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Chipmunk or Moose?

When I don’t have cell phone coverage I cannot attach photos to my blog. So when I get coverage on top of some mountain I have to quickly attach photos to past blogs. In order to try to correct some photo blunders over the past few days let me share some clarifications.

First – the Moose! The chipmunk was cute, but I did see a moose as well. I could not get a good photo because of the trees but if you squint and hold your head just right you can see her in the attached photo.

Second, I mentioned staying in two different huts but posted the same photo for each shelter. The Zealand Falls Hut is the one taken from an angle and Mizpah is photographed straight on.

I have been hiking over the Whites with a fellow thru-hiker RaceWalker. We met in Hanover and have hiked together since then. He is my age but I have him beat in height. I have attached a photo of us together atop Mt Washington.

I have posted a few other pics of a footbridge and mountain stream that reflects the beauty of NH under the canopy.

Today I am resting in Gorham NH and will be back on the trail on Friday. Thanks for all your support and prayers. God is faithful!!!

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Moose #1

August 27

I climbed over Mt Madison to in the fog with 47 mile an hour wind. Mt Madison is above tree line so it was a rock scramble. It was definitely the most unnerving day of the hike.

After we finally climbed down below the tree line the day cleared and the sun was beautiful.

Close to the end of the day I saw my first moose! She was feeding leisurely in the woods so I watched her for a while and then moved on. I was thrilled

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Mount Washington!!

I made it to Mount Washington (August 26) and it is a glorious day! What a special day and the mountain is incredible. God is faithful.

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August 24 -Zealand Falls

Wonderful sunny day for a hike in the Whites. I climbed over Mt Garfield this morning – going down was quite an experience – steep and then climbing down a cascading stream.

Stopped at the Galehead Hut around noon and had some great soup and muffins.

Made it to Zealand Falls Hut (mile 1832) around 5:30. I got there in time for a “Work For Stay” I get to stay in the hut in exchange for some work – I am hoping for some left over dinner and breakfast in the morning.

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August 25 – Mt Webster and Jackson

I was able to hike about 14 miles today as I climbed over Mt Webster and Mt Jackson. The terrain is incredibly hard but the views from the top are truly amazing.

I made it to Mizpah Hut and they were open to Work and Stay so I am excited about the meal and warm floor to sleep on for the night.

I am hiking with another 64 year old man (RaceWalker). He and I walk about the same pace. We met in Hanover and have hiked through the Whites together. We are watching out for one another on the trail.

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August 23 – Incredible Day in the Whites

Too many pictures to choose from today. I hiked passed the Lonesome Lake Hut (photo of lake) and over Little Haystack, Mt. Lincoln, and Mt Lafayette – all of which are above tree line. The views are just incredible.

There was No cell phone yesterday so this is an early morning post.

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August 22 – Wolf Mt. and 1800 Miles

Nice hike today but foggy, misty, and a little rainy day. I have no vista pictures because all I could see from the lookouts was white midst.

I passed the 1800 mile mark today!!! Ended the day at 1807.4

I was able to hike over two mountains (Mt Wolf and Kinsman Mt) and travel 11.6 miles. It was a very difficult trek – lots of incline making both the up and down very strenuous.

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