Mark had hiked 69 miles at the Ford. He came off the trail for a day but wanted to go back. So we took him further South and turned him loose to walk North toward the ford. We picked him up again there and he now has hiked 89 miles of the 100 mile wilderness. We are very proud of his accomplishment since he had never back packed before, that is a little above average in time.
I did have to smile when he said he was going to average 3 miles an hour. He didn’t quite do that, but the time was still very respectable. Again, we practiced being trail angels while we waited, giving out water, apples, crackers, candy and cakes. Sherry commented to me, NO ONE EXPECTED TO SEE ANY ‘TRAIL MAGIC’ IN THE WILDERNESS, WE SURE SURPRISED THEM. Yes, that we did.
(‘Family Freeman’ from Switzerland. Heading South after some goodies from us angels!)lol
We were thrilled to have the boys with us, it was sorta like they were 13 & 15 again. Kidding around, enjoying WATCHING AND FOLLOWING sports together. Playing tourist and even going to a few yard sales. With side trips to Monson, Bar Harbor and Acadia National park and a ride up Cadillac mountain.
We also enjoyed some great meals at home and out, including the twin lobster dinner I put on the blog a couple weeks ago.
I took the time to tell the boys how proud we are of them. Jack took off from work and Mark is unemployed without unemployment pay. He was/is self employed and self employed folk do not get unemployment compensation. Neither has a wife to report to ( I wish they did). Mark, who has sorta lost his way in life in the past few years, said to me, “Dad, this has been an eye opener.”
(Them’s buttered Grits in that pot Lucy, I know you wish you had some!!! (Just kidding))
They DEPARTED Saturday morning but not without their mama fixing them a BIG BREAKFAST, like she did when they were growing up. Mark surprised someone awhile back telling them that everyday of his life growing mama fixed a big breakfast, not cereal, and she did.
So they are off, we had a wonderful visit.
Bar Harbor tomorrow!
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