Last few days in New Hampshire

Day 41

We woke up expecting our night last night at The Greenhouse to be a figment of our imagination but it was in fact real. Gary and Cheryl left out more water for us so we filled up, ate a quick breakfast and hit the trail. We had a great time at the Greenhouse and cannot stress enough that this is a must do for all thru-hikers!

We cruised the few miles to the nearest campsite and had a nice second breakfast. The DOC had a great sense of humor when they built this privy.

We enjoyed the rolling hills and minimal rocky terrain. We couldn’t believe the complete difference in terrain between the 2 sides of Mooselauke. One side rocky and steep, a preface to what is to come in the Whites, and the other rolling and minimal rocks, a preface to Vermont.

We made our way up to Cube Mountain but first we hit some trail magic! On the side of the road a van was set up with 3 trail angels making lunch for the thru-hikers. Circuit Rider (doing a LASH), Queen Diva (former thru-hiker), and Janice were offering cold drinks, Coney dogs, fruit and cookies.  We didn’t think trail magic could get any better. It gave us the push to cruise up to the summit of Mount Cube. We sat at the summit for a while and dried out our tent. One good thing about intense heat is anything damp dries within minutes. We continued on with more amazing rolling terrain.

The final climb up Smarts Mountain was steady.  We were drenched by the heat and humidity by the time we reached the summit. We enjoyed clear views from the fire tower including a great sunset. It was so nice we decided not to come down.  A few NOBOs rolled through and ate dinner with us inside the tower.  The NOBOs were very excited about the view as it’s their first sighting of the White Mountains. We enjoyed swapping stories and information about the upcoming sections. We have some waterless miles ahead of us to Hanover.

Tonight we are sleeping in the tower.  We could see a lightning show off in the distance but doesn’t seem to pose any threat to us. It’s an amazing starry night.

Day 42

This morning we enjoyed watching the early morning mist roll through the dips and valleys between the prominent white mountain peaks as light rose and colored The sky.  The sunrise was absolutely beautiful.

We said goodbye to our home for the night and continued south.  It was going to be another incredibly hot day.

We have noticed a drastic change in the terrain again today.  Instead of rocks and roots, our path is laid out with soft pine needles or hard pack dirt.  We can crush miles on this and that’s what we did today, until the heat and humidity slowed us down a bit.  We enjoyed an ice cream sandwich from the family of a well known late trail angel. His house was a stopping point on the trail for a free ice cream and a chat. Eric stopped by on his 2011 thru-hike. Now the family is trying to keep the memory and tradition alive when they are at the house in the summer.

We moved surprisingly well through the heat but we definitely were feeling the humidity.  Every breeze was a blessing, no matter how slight. We’ve just been soaked in perspiration since the Washington summit a week ago. We did run into a slight water issue that the NOBOs warned us about. Luckily there was a massive water cache near a small parking lot.  We are always very appreciative of the kindness of others.

We pushed up to Moose Mountain (North Peak) and stopped at the shelter early. We just couldn’t push through the heat anymore. As we arrived a quick sun shower came through and we took cover in the shelter with other NOBOs. We setup our tent and are enjoying a relaxing night.

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