Sunday–August 8, 2021
Location–Nahmakanta Lake Primitive Campsites
What a memorable time we’ve had in Millinocket. The Appalachian Trail Lodge, owned and operated by Paul & Jaime Renaud–just the finest. Thanks, friends, for making my stay the best!
A long drive back out Jo-Mary to the trail crossing. Another private road. Another toll shack. But we’ve gotten out early, so Kimm has us on trail by seven.
Another glorious day to be out and hiking.
The trail passes numerous ponds and lakes today. Loons are about and we can hear their beckoning call–but no moose. Many low areas with bogs, and bog bridges (puncheons). They are wet from recent rain, which makes passing treacherous. Nathan slips on one, loses his footing and goes in. He comes out wet and a bit muddy, but none the worse for wear.
We’ve more climbing today with plenty of rocks and roots thrown in for good measure. A tiring but exciting day. A diversion and fun time blue blazing (off-trail) a half-mile of gravel-choked and boulder-blocked beach.
Evening we call it a day at the delightful primitive campsite near the outfall of Nahmakanta Lake. A perfect sunset across the calm waters caps this day…
A life of adventure sustains me.
For true happiness,
better the stories to tell
than “things” to have.