18.1 miles, 54,680 steps, 868 stories climbed
1870.8/327.2 miles/left, 4,947,732 steps, 43,333 stories climbed
Trail Magic Moments: 60
Today was a perfect example of why I came out here. This was one of my favorite days on the trail.
I had an early start, part of the reason I hiked further yesterday was to give myself the option to climb Mt. Washington today if the weather was nice enough. The weather was perfect.
The terrain at points was dirt and at points was a rock pile but it was dry and it wasn’t too difficult.
About 6 miles in I stopped at the hut. They brought out a tray filled with steak along with containers of rice and couscous and a bin of sugar cookies. I pigged out big time!
Then in another 5 miles was another hut. This one I was able to score some soup and a brownie.
Then it was time to make the climb up Mt. Washington. It was still early and the weather was perfect. I was so excited when I was first able to see it and as I got closer and closer to the top I just had more and more energy.
The summit is both breathtaking and disappointing at the same time. The views are astounding but at the same time, there are so many tourists. There is actually a train up to the top and a small restaurant up there. So, the peaceful, quiet summit just doesn’t happen. (I of course stopped at the restaurant and got more food…I mean it had been like 45 minutes since I ate!)
I reached the hut and was able to get another work for stay. I stuffed my face some more with some really good enchiladas, bread and tomato soup (all this is cooked in the kitchen from scrap by the way, not frozen food) and then I only had to clean the stove! Again, free place to stay and a ton of food (and breakfast tomorrow too)! This is such an awesome deal!
Then, as if the day hadn’t been amazing enough, there was the most beautiful sunset. Everyone was outside with cameras trying to capture the moment. It was just amazing! One of the best days on the trail yet!