8/20

We had an easy day today. Just 7 miles to Crawford Notch where we planned to get off the trail and resupply. The terrain was very flat with one section of downhill into the notch.

I saw my first moose! Yay!! I was just starting the descent when I heard crashing to my left. Something big. I turned to look and about 30 feet off the trail I saw a big brown something. At first I thought it was a bear but it didn’t move like a bear. It was a moose butt! The crashing stopped so I knew it was still nearby. I turned around to shush my dad and Leaks (Carpenter was already way ahead) then I crept up the trail. I thought I lost it but no! There he was staring right at me with his head between two trees! I motioned for the guys to come closer. There was a family that caught up to us and the boys saw the moose too. The moose made my day. I couldn’t get a very good picture but use your imagination.

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The next awesome thing that happened was trail magic! It was from Clever Girl’s mom which was even better than the magic itself. What a wonderful lady. We got homemade cookies, milk, bananas, apples and oranges. We hung out with Clever Girl, her mom, Grim, Whistle, Dumptruck and a few other hikers while my dad took the shuttle to get his van.

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Once in North Conway we went to International Mountaineering Equipment. They have a consignment shop in the basement and my dad got a new pack and we went through and gave him another shake down. It was fun. Then we got a hotel room, had some beers and went to the Wolverine for dinner. Terrible service. Nasty waitresses. We got brown ales instead of IPAs. Oh well.

Later Carpenter and I went swimming in the outdoor motel pool. And then we crashed. Busy busy day. Gotta resupply tomorrow.

North Conway is a cool little ski bum town. It’d be fun to come out here again in the winter. It’s been really fun hiking with my dad. He’s having a blast, just takes a few days for him to get into vacation mode.

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