Through the Wilderness (aka “Go, Go, Go!”)

Looking back at Katahdin from the Penobscot River at Abol Bridge…
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…which marks the Northern boundary of the 100 Mile Wilderness (cue dramatic sign):
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We quickly learned that “trails” in Maine are something altogether ridiculous.
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Yay! We’re hiking again!
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Our first campsite was just up the hill from Rainbow Lake at Rainbow Spring
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Wildlife 1:
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Moose frequent the AT. This is the more pleasant trace they leave…
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Small human? With claws?!
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Rainbow Stream Lean-To…
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…complete with trail-crew totem pole
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These boats were just sort of sitting there. Crescent Lake
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Our first mountain as viewed from our second mountain. (Mt. Nesuntabunt)
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The BEST campsite I’ve ever seen. Lake + beach + dark night sky…
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Plus LOONS!
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And a BEACH FIRE!
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And then the ‘trail’ became a trail for a while!
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These boardwalks keep hikers safely elevated above waist-deep mud holes
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The Big K over a boggy pond
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Potaywadjo Spring. In wet weather the spring bubbles up into this pool. But it was too dry..
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Antlers Campsite…
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…and it’s creative canoe paddles
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Lake/Sky drama: very Maine-ish
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More drama
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This bridge was newer than our guidebook. We crossed quite a few logging roads along the way.
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Halfway to Monson!
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Scary hornet’s nest. We decided not to camp here…
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Food?
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Shelter trash, artfully arranged for effect.
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Whitecap Mountain, the highest in the 100-Mile Wilderness…
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…that we climbed with the help of a bunch of really nice steps…
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Typical feeding frenzy
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A pleasant ankle-deep ford of the Pleasant River’s West Branch
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Our shoes don’t look so new anymore (still blue & yellow, sadly…)
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Part of the fire tower on Barren Mountain…
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And the rest of it a little lower down…
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Surveying the horizon
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It’s always fall somewhere…
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This is Caley’s favorite: we had a really tough day getting to Monson. A few hours earlier we were considering staying another night and hiking out in the morning…
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…Fortunately we made it out just in time for some absolutely amazing Barbecue – happy hiker hunger everyone!
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From a boot advertisement…
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