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Michael "Shorts" Alowitz
City: Des Moines
Begins: Mar 20, 2010
Date: Sat, Aug 21st, 2010
Start: Antlers Campsite mi 2127.3
End: Nahmakanta Lake Beach mi 2140.6
Daily Distance: 13.3
Trip Distance: 2,129.0
Hours Hiked: 10
Entry Visits: 229
Journal Visits: 34,804
Guestbook Views: 3,903
Guestbook Entrys: 131
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Headed out a little after 0700 for White House Landing. It was liesure strolling as I only had to get there before 1100. To get there, you take a side trail about 0.9 miles off the AT to a boat dock. They have an air horn there that you blow to alert Linda and Bill that you are ready to be picked up by boat. I waited about 1/2 hour for my pick-up, but didn't mind.
In the course of my three hours there, I had a 1 pound burger, a mini loaf of zuccini bread, a large brownie, and 3 sodas. Only other hikers who came in while I was there were ThruThinker and Larry, both of whom I met at the Antlers camp site the night before. I enjoyed my WHL respite.
It would have been nice to stay at WHL, but I wanted to get out and put in a few more miles so that the biggest day I have left is 20 miles tomorrow. The forecast is also turning. Tonight and tomorrow are 30/40% chances, but Monday is 70% and supposed to be heavy. Part of the reason the 100 Mile Wilderness has not been much of a problem is that the dry conditions have spared us the normally muddy trail. Thus Monday could be tough. On the positive side, my planned Tuesday summit date is currently the best day in the forecast.
Before leaving WHL, I saw a moose! Linda spotted it froom across the lake and Larry drove over on the way to drop me off. It was a cow and calf. Very exciting - I've now seen the moose and bear I hoped on this trip.
About 3 miles after WHL, I met Pat who is providing support to her broother's flip-flop thru hike. She gave me 2 capri suns and took my trash. Excellent!
I also saw Caribu today. He flipped too. He is from Rochester and his 2 companions are off trail. He hikes w/his dog Yolo. He is also deaf and able to communicate quite well. I cannot remember when I last saw him, but I think it was TN.
I'm camped at a non-sanctioned tent site. This may be my last time tentng given the forecast. I was setting up, Mimi, Robo, and Darwin came by. They are planning to summit on the 23rd and are going 8 more today and 25 or so tomorrow. I openly hoped that the rain on Monday would push them to the 24th.
Had a strange 20 minute bout of hot, dizzy, sweaty conditions. I took a break and will try to get to sleep early tonight. Left leg was feeling fine today - just some dull discomfort. One small mountain tomorrow before the big one, so I hope I'm in the clear.
Lots of other hikers near my tent site, but no thrus.
Weather: great, mostly sunny day