Left the hut about 6:30 after setting the breakfast tables.
When he got near Ethan Pond (swampy area just before) PTD saw a huge moose getting a morning drink. What a beautiful sight to see anytime of the day. Started his day off right. Seeing wildlife.
Made it down to Ripley Falls parking lot where I had spotted our car in case he was to come home for one more night. Just in case he wanted to trek on, I left a 2 day supply of food too. Also, in the trunk was a cooler that our friends Karen & Paul from Twin had left for him. It was filled w/sodas, giant deli pickles and giant fudge brownies. She had everything on ice so when he got there it would be nice and cold. He was very surprised! THANK YOU KAREN and PAUL.
He climbed over Webster Cliffs (3,025), Mt Webster (3,910) and Mt Jackson (4,052) till he made his way to the Mizpah Hut about 3ish. This was a tough climb. The hut was built in 1964. There he met Corey and the crew of the hut. They told him that the Lakes in the Clouds Hut was already full. It was overbooked. So, instead of pushing on, PTD stayed there and rested. He did make it to the hut before the skies opened up.
He sat and chatted w/Corey and the crew for a bit. Very nice people. THANK YOU to Corey & crew for making Ponytail feel like a King.
Ponytail was moving slow today. He said he did about 5 miles in 3 1/2hrs. Pace is slowed today. Good! He needs to slow just a tad as not to get burnt out. He really hasn’t taken a relaxing complete 0 day since being at his sister Karen’s house in PA. Back on June 19th. PTD just won’t sit still.
14.1 Miles traveled