As noted through the last post series of photos there weren't many days on the Presidential Range that I got a sense of the amazing landscape we were traversing. My body let me know that it was a work out but the majesty of it did not become clear until climbing the Wildcats.
Recorded in facebook after making it to Pinkham Notch: "Today was hard and I hurt. My knees hurt from climbs up and down mountains, my ankles hurt from rolling them on wet rocks and heck my elbows hurt but those are mostly from bruising when I fall.
I know to some folk I am living the life of adventure but after two and half days of finding my way cairn to cairn in the fog and getting wet from rain or walking through clouds and then having the clouds break only as we start to make our way back down in to the green tunnel. Today was just hard." After sleep in a bed at the lodge and breakfast Greyhound and I headed off to Carter Hut.
I was still sore and on the approach to the mountain managed to jar my knee but no one but me saw the tears or heard the intake of breath.
I knew it wasn't going to be a fast day of hiking for me. But I was determined it was going to be enjoyable. Greyhound and I kept close for the ascent on Wildcat E which is a steep climb but then on mutual agreement she took off covering the miles to Carter. We would send messages by other hikers to let them know each was fine. Well, I would ask if south bound folk had seen her - thin, determined woman in pink ... and one said " would she have asked me if she was still on the AT?" Looking about at the lack of blazes and rough terrain, I smiled and said "yes, that would be her."
The ski lift operates in the summer so those who don't want to do the hike up can still see the views. The operator and I had a great conversation as I asked if he had any water. ( I had been hoping for a pop machine since - cold caffeinated sugar would have been wonderful.) He did have a gallon container left over from a mountain bike rally the weekend before so let me drink two glasses. I passed that important water source to hikers who passed me as the day was sunny and the terrain hard. At times I would take a breather trying to figure out the wall of rock ahead of me as try 'Open Sesame' just in case it would work. Made me smile if nothing else.
Got down to the Hut just as supper was being served and night was falling.