Every once in a while I need to remind myself that mountain climbing just isn’t my thing. It was a beautiful day at Baxter State Park, with another one promised for the following day. Russ was itching to climb Katahdin, but I wasn’t too keen on his going it alone. Hiking part way up with him on the Chimney Pond Trail seemed reasonable. I’d wait while he summited, and we’d hike back out together. Besides, there was talk of nice views from Chimney Pond, and sometimes it’s worth putting your head down and doing the hard work to get there.
We left Chimney Pond with just enough time to get out before dark. Our day had started at 4:15 a.m. and when we got home, we took a quick shower, downed a couple of Advil for dinner and were in bed by 8:30.