Flashback to day 135, breaking up is hard to do. Duke and I woke up on the wooden floor of Galehead Hut. We headed out just after 7am to begin our last day hiking together. Throughout the day, he pulled ahead, and I caught up to him, Rambo, and Professor at Zealand Falls Hut. The falls were just beyond the hut and we found it to be a perfect place for lunch. The water runs down a smooth, orange rock formation where we were able to sit with our feet in the cold water, eating on a waterfall in possibly the most stereotypical setting for an outdoorsy lunch of all time. Unfortunately, this was the last time I would see Duke on the AT, bc he was about to forge ahead to finish sooner than our group was planning. A hard deadline had materialized on his end. By day's end, Paddington, JB, BB, and I rendezvoused at the Crawford Notch campground and secured a secluded camp site. We ended the day w a fire and ice cream from the camp store. .
The picture shows a section similar to that of day 61 when I somehow managed to escape serious injury after slipping. Replace the trees on the right with a drop off of unknown distance, and that's what it was like. The trail/rock was a similar angle, but slippery as the rain had just started. Today was different in that I managed to remain upright and enjoyed the views from my feet. The Whites were spectacular in every way, but they couldn't replace the missing piece in our group as our Duke hiked on ahead of us... #appalachiantrail #atclassof2018 #at2018 #atclassof2019 #at2019 #hiking #nature #travel #adventure #trektheat #hiketheat #thetrek #newhampshire #whitemountains #camping #views #mountains