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Jeff
Country: USA
Begins: Mar 8, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Aug 20th, 2009
Start: The Birches
End: Katahdin
Trip Distance: 2,178.3

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I am the highest point in Maine

Mahalo

Well, the journey of 2178.3 miles has concluded. They say that it takes roughly five million steps to walk the whole Appalachian Trail, although McBride once told me "if it takes me five million steps to hike this thing I bet it'll only take you two and a half million to finish," referring to my gargantuan stride. Regardless of the numbers, I am done - having reached the summit of Katahdin at 10:30 in the morning on 8/20/2009. Through providence or whatever strange and mysterious forces are at work, we summitted on a completely flawless day ("Class 1" in the terms of the Baxter State Park weather forecasters). Tinkerbell and I spent several hours at the top relaxing and taking the requisite "summit photos." Once we had absorbed as much as we possibly could, we descended into the Roaring Brook Campground via the infamous Knife Edge Trail which features a spectacular ridge-line with severe drop-offs into the basin below. We arrived at the campground parking lot unscathed sometime around 4:30 PM where we were greeted by my waiting parents. After a very happy reunion, we celebrated with champagne (possibly committing a felony in BSP...) and a wide assortment of hiker cravings (donuts, soda, sandwiches, cookies - this time possibly committing a crime in the eyes of dietitians everywhere). We chowed down for a while and then decided to hike about a half-mile over to Sandy Stream Pond for a last-ditch effort to spot a moose. Fortunately, we were rewarded with not one but FOUR moose sightings. Afterwards, we departed Baxter State Park and traveled -appropriately- to the Big Moose Inn where we spent the night before beginning the long drive back to Baltimore.

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Appalachian Trail - 2009

The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is more than 2,175-mile long footpath stretching through 14 eastern states from Maine to Georgia. Conceived in 1921 and first completed in 1937, it traverses the wild, scenic, wooded, pastoral, and culturally significant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Learn more: www.appalachiantrail.org

 

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