At about 8:30 am, Grammie Owen came to pick us up from our little house.  We loaded all of the gear into the back of her Odyssey van, and one by one loaded into her van and set off for Hanover, NH, the southern point of the trail in our home state of New Hampshire.  We made it to Hanover around 10:30, where we were met by Caitlin, a reported from the Concord Monitor newspaper.  

Caitlin interviewed each of us about the journey so far, about our goals moving forward, and why we are on the trail.  Then she took a few pictures of  our family getting back on the trail.  The funny thing about this part of the trail is that it doesn’t really look anything like the wooded footpath we have been traveling.  The state line is engraved on marble on the bridge that crosses the Connecticut River between Vermont and New Hampshire.


With cars buzzing past us, we made our way into the little town of Hanover.  We ran into a few hikers that had really been moving quickly along the trail.  Their journey will end in only a few short weeks.  They had heard about our family, asked a few questions, and let us know that there were a few places we needed to visit before leaving town.

Lous Restaurant & Bakery on Main Street offers a free donut to thru hikers.  They were absolutely awesome donuts!


After the sweet treat, we made our way over to Romundo’s Brick and Brew Pizza.  This place offers hikers a free slice of pizza, but only if you’ll sign their log book! 


The above picture of our packs lined up is a common sight in hiker towns.  

After we had consumed enough calories to count as lunch, we prepared to hike out of town.

The trail followed the main road through town until it turned, ran along the backside of Dartmouth College, and then became reunited with its wooden home.


This part of the trail requires its travelers to pay a little more attention to those little white blazes.  I needed to strip some layers, and told Ryan that he could just go on ahead, and I would meet up with everyone at the shelter ahead.  But once I was done packing everything into my pack and started hiking what I thought was the trail, I quickly found myself wandering through the forest.  Thankfully we had signal on our phones. I called Ryan and he came back for me.  I was quite a ways away from the trail.  We didn’t start hiking until about 2pm. 

About 6:30 we found a beautiful little spot along the river to collect water and make dinner.  Once we had finished cleaning or dishes, we set out to hike on.  As we were stepping out we ran into a hiker we had met a couple of months ago at Hog Pen Gap.  He was about to finish his winter south bound hike.  He was now hiking with a friend who is finishing their north bound hike!  He’s getting ready to head out on another adventure.

We thought we’d try to get to the next shelter, but when we stumbled upon this little gem, we couldn’t resist the urge to drop packs and set up camp!


It was the perfect place to end such a great day back on the trail!


We built a fire, hung the bear bags, and enjoyed the beauty that surrounded us!


A few more pictures from the day…


Happy Trails ~ The Thru Crew 

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