Hitting the Reset Button


Emerged from the 100 Mile Wilderness on the morning of 16 JUN with a sore ankle/foot. Thought I’d give it 2 rest days to heal up. Fate and “Lucky 1” took me to the John Baptist Mission. Little did I know at the time I’d be spending almost a month there. From the moment I entered the door it felt as though I was a member of a family. Bettinan, aka “Nani Bette,” took care of me (and others) through her pleasant conversation, laid back demeanor, and awesome home cooking. Some random notes from the Monson stay: Maine raspberry soda, homemade whoopie pies, Monson slate (used at JFK’s grave at Arlington), salt and pepper on pizza, onions in Mac & cheese, Greenville & Moosehead Lake, Guilford, the Abbot Bakery, Shaw’s AT Lodge, Brittany’s (age 3) birthday party, Lucky’s electric bike, the “cabin on the hill” and subsequent “safety meetings,” Lakeshore, first time going to a Pentacostal Church service, ATVs, among others. What could’ve been downer time turned into such a positive chapter in a small rural Maine town. I’m forever greatful for Nani Bette, Lucky 1, and Sonny.

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Comments 2

  • Blaise Cornell-d'Echert : Jul 18th

    Kurt, You gave me good advice about RV’ing that I think applies here as well. “Don’t be in a hurry.” Be well. Hope you have recovered. Press on brother!

  • Scott King Walker : Jan 13th

    I was enjoying the flow of your story, and then it just stopped. I would love to hear the end of the story, even if you didn’t go back on the trail.


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