Starting the Whites… 

After a brief 2 day return to Cooperstown for July 4th, Ben drove me back to Hanover NH to start the final portion of my northern AT hike. Starting around 1 pm, I began hiking alone up Smarts mountain. As planned, I reunited with hiking partners Jan and Chip at the Fire Wardens Cabin on the summit 

Next morning, down Smarts and then up and down shorter Mt Cube. Around 3 pm that afternoon, we reached a road and the map told us to hike right on the road for a bit to find the trail on the other side. We missed the AT trail sign and kept on walking. Eventually, we knew something was wrong but just at that moment, we were right in front of a small local lake. Went for an impromptu swim

Stayed at Hikers Hostel that night. Next day they helped us slack pack our first “real” hike up a NH white Mountain. 

This was Mt. Mooselauke, 4800 ft peak. Biggest, hardest challenge yet. Made even tougher buy having hike in the rain. 

Read above sign 

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Next day was an even tougher climb up Kinsman mountain. Also raining. 

Today is a rest day in town to resupply and do laundry. 

Tomorrow is exciting because we are starting the trek along the “Presidentials” which are  the classic white Mountain peaks. Also glad for excellent weather forecast! 

Legs are in great shape so far. Getting stronger. I’m also still loosing weight! Will look like Dr. Edmonds soon. 

Will keep you posted. Thanks for following.