I had a rare half-day off today, and decided to take advantage of this beautiful fall weather we’ve been having. Looks like fall, feels like late July. We loaded up the van (an understatement), and headed over to the Katahdin Iron Works – specifically, Gulf Hagas.
What an ordeal! I don’t even remember what it was like to just grab a backpack and head out the door. We had a cooler full of lunch and extra drinks, five backpacks, two dogs, survival gear, leashes/poop bags, a camera, my giant tripod, and an ipad (just in case). I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that General Patton took less with him as he battled across the European Stage.
All in all, a great day! The weather was fantastic. We had planned on doing 5 or 6 miles, until Jake’s sneakers became too soggy to press on. We settled for 4 miles, round trip. Also, apparently if you strap a liter and a half of water to the kids’ backs, they’ll drink constantly, and as a result, have to pee like dogs marking their territory – every 5 feet! I can’t seem to get Jake to consistently use the “discreet” method of doing this. He’d get the urge, turn to the side, drop trou to his ankles, and let rip. We only ran into other hikers during this little event a couple of times, but at 11 years old, it’s bordering on creepy. Just found something to add to our list of Jake “life skill” goals: how to pee in the woods and not get arrested.
Until next time!