It was 20 degrees out, dark and overcast this morning . After eating a breakfast of espresso , scrambled eggs, bacon, and a pumpernickel bagel slathered with Queso’s own strawberry fig preserves, I was fueled up for a hike. The PCT related action for today was meeting my new friend Ryan, (AKA Guthook GA-ME 2007 AT thru hiker) to talk trail strategy and get in a training hike at Camden Hills State Park. We have been e-mailing each other ever since December when we both learned that we were both starting the Pacific Crest Trail this year, that we lived in the same county here in Maine, and that we lived about 15 miles apart.
My dependable snowshoeing fellow Bubbas Craig and Rick joined us at the Stevens Corner parking lot at the edge of the park at 8:30 AM for this one.
It was a quick 0.4 walk on the Ski Lodge trail to the rebuilt Ski Lodge, which we found empty. There was wood already inside, and I soon had a decent start of a fire going in the wood stove. Here is a brief video of the crew in action at the hut.
While we were in the hut, a group came in , and Craig and I recognized them as the same group that we met when we had been by here last year on mountain bikes. It was a friendly time inside, as they were no doubt pleased that we had already started heating up the shelter. They were staying the night.
After we boiled up our drinks and ate our home made energy bars and pemmican, we hightailed it back the 3.0 miles over the Ski Lodge Trail down to the cars. All in all we had covered 8.0 miles, and it sure felt like it. We were beat. At the car I realized that I had left my Leki poles outside of the shelter, but wisely decided that they were safe, in the company of the group that was camping for the night. I was in no shape to do another 6.0 miles to get them back . Rick convinced me I now and an excuse to get back tomorrow morning, perhaps riding my mountain bike up the hill and back again to rescue them ?