Well, the good news is that luck was with me today far in the north country as I headed north of Berlin to bag Mt. Cabot. This a the farthest north 4,000 footer and getting it checked off was important in that it’s a whole day affair, even thought the hike itself is not that difficult.
The luck part happened at the state fish hatchery. You see, the trailhead is located beyond the hatchery. Last time I was there, the state kept the gate open for hikers. This time, they were locking up at 4pm. That meant an extra nearly 7 miles added to the trip and that was too much. So, as I was turning to leave I struck up a conversation with the groundskeeper who said he’d keep the gate open for me until 7pm. Yippee! That’s the good news, I was able to summit peak #34!
The bad news part is a bit more delicate. I believe sometime on Saturday or Sunday, I may have injured myself – my Wikipedia researched diagnosis is a hernia. I’ll be seeing the flesh and blood doctor on Wednesday. There’s no pain, only slight discomfort and a quarter sized swelling on my lower abdomen. Could be a muscle pull or a bruise, of course.
There are three types of hernias: ones that you can live with, ones that can wait to be repaired and ones that need immediate surgery. If it’s one of the first two, our campaign continues. If it’s the last one… well, let’s wait until Wednesday and see what the doc says.
Assuming all is ok, we’ll try for a big blast this weekend, even though weather looks shaky. Starting on Friday, we’ll have 14 peaks to tag in 7 days! It’s gonna be a long week!
I’ll check back with trip reports and pictures tomorrow. And on Wednesday, I’ll give you an injury report. Until then, our count stands at 34, days hiking at 13 and miles hiked at 140!
Oh, and thank you all for the new pledges over the weekend. I apologize in advance for misspellings and not getting back right away. But I’ll get to you all in the next couple days. I promise!
Until then, this is Dan back from the White Mountains!