Love and hate

I have a love, hate relationship with Maine. The state is gorgeous when it’s not trying to kill me! I love a good challenge but I’m becoming worn down physically and mentally. The terrain is consistently exhausting and worse when weather adds a whole new set of obstacles. While climbing up Saddleback to the The Horn, rain clouds started to move in. I set up camp before it got bad but woke up freezing cold with a puddle in my tent. Everything was wet, I put on my wet hiking clothes and quickly broke down camp, shivering in the morning downpour. I hiked on to get blood flowing and warm up a little, the trail was a rushing river from all the rain. After tromping through ankle deep water on slick rocks over Saddleback Junior I’d had enough and decided to stop at Popular Ridge Shelter to put on my dry clothes and get shelter from the elements. I was very worried about hypothermia but there was no fast direct way out of the forrest to town so I stayed at the shelter all day in my sleeping bag waiting the rain out. Times like that are when I hate Maine. For all the negative emotions I have towards Southern Maine, it has been filled with some of the most exciting moments of my life and as many highs as lows.

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Morning view of Rangeley Lake.

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Frenchy and Slingshot

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Slingshot enjoying the view.

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Frenchy

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Frenchy reading a sign.

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Mud

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Climbing up Saddleback.

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On Saddleback looking towards The Horn.

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Weather came in quick on The Horn.

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The trail turned into a rushing river.

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Trail going up Saddleback Junior.

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Trail going up Saddleback Junior.

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Wet rock scramble going down Saddleback Junior.

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Wet trail going down Saddleback Junior.

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Daystar fording the Oberton Stream.

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Gribley fording the Oberton Stream.

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Cheese Water fording the Oberton Stream.

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Plaque dedicated to the Maine Civilian Conservation Corps.

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Pace and Hungus hiking down Sugarloaf Mountain.

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Rocky trail up Crocker Mountain.

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