We woke up this morning at East Carry Pond with about 10 miles to the Kennebec River. Because the water levels in the river can change rapidly to accommodate rafting, it is highly encouraged that hikers take the ferry, which runs from 9-11 am and 2-4. With a big morning push we got to the ferry by quarter past ten.
Our plan was to pick up the mail drop in Caratunk, grab a bite to eat if there was any options, and head back onto the trail for the six miles to the next camping area. Our plans changed when the ferry guide started telling us about Northern Outdoors, a rafting resort with rooms, showers, pool, restaurant and more. With our legs dead from the morning rush, and being a full day ahead of schedule it was a no brainer.
We were able to hitch a ride to Northern Outdoors from the ferry operator, and then we caught a fortuitous break in the parking lot when we met up with Mike and Jeff, a father/son hiking tandem that we’d mirrored on the trail the last couple of days and they offered to split their room with us, which has two full beds and a bunk bed. I gladly conceded the bunk bed’s top bed to Brad, I’m not looking to do any more climbing today.
Oh, did I mention the Kennebec River Brewery is also housed at Northern Outdoors? Not that this factored into our decision or anything.
Chances of having an Internet connection for the next week or so are going to be slim to none, emphasis on the none. Probably the last post for a while.