7/24 Day 129

We woke up early and headed to Abol Bridge Campstore to buy treats for our last night and summit day. Nearly everyone in the group of hikers headed to our shelter bought hot dogs or bratwurst and Hot Sauce bought bacon to wrap his bratwurst in. After the store we crossed into Baxter State Park and signed in for a spot at The Birches, a shelter and tenting area reserved for long distance hikers (those who have hiked at least through the 100 mile wilderness). We forded the Nesowadnehunk Stream, passed Big Niagara Falls and signed in at the ranger station in Katahdin Stream Campground at the base of Katahdin and home to The Birches. Kathleen signed in as #84 thru hiker for 2012 and Joe signed in as #85. A huge group of thru hikers showed up by the end of the night, nearly everyone we’d hiked with for an extended amount of time. We spent the night around a fire, eating and sharing stories. We hiked 13.4 miles today.

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