July 27, 1998

7/27/98 Gentian Pond Campsite

11.9 miles (1875.6 total)

Left town after a post office stop, getting to the trail around 10am. Soon was hiking with Kid, Strider and No Trail Name. The climbs were pretty easy compared to the Whites but it was still hot.

Got to the shelter about 4pm to find the place crowded with a girls’ Christian camp group. They were good kids - lots of questions - and even shared food (guess I looked hungry). The other guys kept going while a bunch of southbounders showed up later.

Headed for Maine

Right now, they’re all singing Christian songs. Kind of corny but OK. Another short day planned for tomorrow so I can tackle the "notch" early in the day.

A shelter full of girls