Day 27: Max Patch Sunrise and a Skunk; Maybe

Appalachian Trail: Day #27

Max Patch Summit –> Deer Park Mountain Shelter: 16.6 miles

Total AT miles: 270.5

The decision to camp on Max Patch was a good one and a moment I’ll remember for a long time. I may have been a bit tired the next day – Me and Goat stayed up staring at the stars long after the sun had set and I woke the group at 6am for sunrise – but it was worth the crankiness. We see far too few sunrises and even fewer as epic as this.

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Tent city atop Max Patch.

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Maria enjoying the sunrise from her front porch.

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Dr. Kool-Aid and My Shadow soaking in the view as well.

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Finch and Mountain Goat enjoying Hot Chockey at sunrise. Talk about happy campers!

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Mountain Goat and finch enjoying the view.
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They got a kick out of me running around and rolling on the ground trying to capture the moment.
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My oatmeal breakfast with honey!

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Sawyer water filter are AWESOME. Their bags, not so much. My Shadow had this one for only a couple weeks before it sprung enough leaks to sink the Titanic.
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Always in the mood for trail magic!
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Chalk on a shelter. Love it.
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A mailbox for the trail register.
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Mountain Goat walking a dead log leaning against a tree like a tight rope.

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Nightly dinner in the jet boil.
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A baby skunk?
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I’m not entirely sure. It came running into camp with no fear of us. Luckily it posed no problems nor did it spray me (if it was, in fact, a skunk) as I took it’s picture.
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Day 26: Max Patch and a Special Sunset

Appalachian Trail: Day #26

Painter Branch Campsite –> Max Patch Summit: 11.2 miles

Total AT miles: 253.9

Sure, we could hike more miles. Many people do. But miles mean rushing and rushing means missing special opportunities like a sunset and sunrise camped atop Max Patch. I’m so thankful for my trail family who enjoys a slower pace soaking in these special moments.

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Breakfast! Whole grain oatmeal with nuts, seeds, peanut butter, and nuttella. None of that instant crap for me!
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Earl Gray rebuilding the fire to warm up before leaving camp. Love the decorations here.
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Dr. Kool-Aid reaching the top of a bald.

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Gotta love the privies!
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Fire pits are NOT garbage cans. Pack out your trash folks.
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Pack out what you find too.

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Trail Magic!!!!
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Chile, burgers, and dogs. I was late and missed the rest of the food but he made the chile for us slow pokes.
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Mountain Goat trimming the toe nails. Reality creeping into to life on the trail…
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A note for Susan.

Max Patch. We arrived here earlier in the day and decided to camp. The weather was perfect and the view to spectacular to pass up.

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My silhouette taken by Mountain Goat.
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Getting comfy for sunset.

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After-glow of sunset atop Max Patch. I’ll definitely be returning to this very special place.