Other than Wendy's absence, the day went really well. I woke up early and knocked out a 10 by 12, and coasted into camp around 3:30 after putting in a solid 16 mile day. The big news of the day is that we have eclipsed the 600 mile mark! I'm really starting to feel accomplished, even though we still have quite a ways to go yet. I celebrated this monumental achievement with two other thru hikers, Violet and Orange Blood. Orange Blood and I built a 600 mile monument out of stones at the campsite and had lunch by the creek. What a beautiful campsite.
After we met up at the 600 mile marker, we decided to hike together to a little place called Trent's Grocery and grab a burger and a milkshake. I'm such a sucker for a milkshake. Hanging out with Violet was so awesome. She's a 51 year old stockbroker that is skinny as a rail and smokes like a chimney. She also lives about 2 hours from Katadhin in Maine! She has hiked Katadhin half a dozen times, and has done Mt. Washington over 50 times. She had tons of pictures on her phone of the area, and gave me, Orange Blood, and Wooden Spoon tons of advice on places to stay and can't miss things to do. After our little chat I definitely have a hankering for some lobster! I love meeting people with different experiences and life backgrounds. It's honestly my favorite thing about the trail.
I could talk forever, but I guess that's it for me. Until next time,