Another eventful and wonderful day! Woke up at 3:30a – breakfast of oatmeal and coffee. Started hiking off into the dark morning. Caught our first glimpse of KATAHDIN as we came to a lake at sunrise. So cool. Heard the loons. Caught another view of Big K at lunch. Then took a refreshing dip in Crescent Pond –– and Anna got in, too! All the way in! I was so proud. And happy. As we got nearer to the end of the day, a giant bull moose walked out in front of us. I almost started speaking in tongues I was so shocked and excited. A moose! With giant antlers and everything. Now I'm sitting by the fire (our first one since Tennessee), listening to the loons by the lake. It is a beautiful evening. The sun set over the pond. The stars are out. And this is it. One night left after tonight. One full day left of hiking. We climb Mount Katahdin the day after tomorrow. And we will be THRU-HIKERS.
There were so many highlights of our hike, but Day 177 was definitely one of my favorite days.
|First glimpse of the Great Mountain|
|Second view at lunchtime|
|Immediately after seeing our moose.|
|We will be thru-hikers.|