We came into camp last night on Big Cedar Mt. around 7pm & set up camp before dark. From the top of the mountain we had a gorgeous view! We had enough daylight to enjoy the enormous range of mountains in view...then once it got dark we could see a few mountain towns with all of their lights. It was glorious!
Onward..as we went to bed we noticed the gale force winds outside. At 3am we woke up to a TORENTIAL downpour! I haven't heard it rain like that in a long time. Needless to say, we got another late start. The rain gave us a break around 9am & we started packing while we could. After hiking in the rain for about 3 hours, we decided to try to hit up the hostel @ Neels Gap. Trust me...dreams of a DDP or Coke Zero kept me goin' today. We finally made it to Neels Gap, booked the last bed (which we'll be sharing--hey, its better than being cold & wet) & got a surprise treat for dinner! We had no idea that a local church provided meals for the hostel throughout the week, so we were clueless when everyone started talking about spaghetti being in its way! (: All I can say is..Bless those sweet people! Trail magic is a wonderful thing! We had a full home cooked meal (with veggies, spaghetti, fruit, & dessert!) I feel like I just ate like a queen!! Now we're all bundled up ... clean & fed, reading before lights out in the hostel. We have big plans for tomorrow!
Miles from Springer: 30.7
Miles to Katahdin: 2148.4
Sorry for the lack of pictures...its a real process with this phone. Annnnddd it rained all day today, so we just walked. No pictures of the rain!