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It is going to be a short message as we are about to start hiking.  We are going to hike from Franconia Notch to Crawford Notch for a few days.  The section is challening with alot of ascents and descents to climb.  Wish us a good luck and pray for our safety.

Cane is in out of the state  since last Sunday and will return to Franconia Notch later this week.  I got to explore Franconia Notch area by visiting the Flume Gorge, Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway/Summit, and the Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves for few days.  If you haven’t visited Franconia Notch and are outdoorsy person, then come up here and you would love it out here!

I cannot wait to start my MLS (Mountain Leadership School) with AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club) tomorrow for next five days – four days of backpacking through the Whites!!!!  After that, Cane and I shall start hiking north from Franconia Notch through the Whites.

Have a great week and weekend, folks!

Cane and I arrived at Franconia Notch at last!  Last year, Cane had struggled with his hiking.  Our mobile trail angel, Paul E., was able to recruit a hiker who volunteered to assist us by carrying Cane’s backpack, so Cane can try to hike out quickly.  So, upon our arrival at Lonesome Lake Hut, the first hut system of AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club) in the White Mountains, we had to use side trail to Lafayette Place Campground which was around 1.7 miles instead of going down on AT – around 4 miles.  This time, we hiked from Lafayette Place Campground going to Lonesome Lake Hut and stayed there to perform our first work exchange – work for stay in exchange for food and place to stay.  Sounds luxury?  Food – yes, but place to stay – HELL no….not for me and my old bones.  Ha!  We slept on the floor in dining hall and I didn’t get a wink.  I gave up and got up at 4 am watching at sun popping up at Franconia Ridge and watching 3/4 moon hanging other side of the sky.  Beautiful and serene moment.  I read and try to nap a bit, but blah!  My body ached and I had a nasty headache.  UGH…..The Croo (instead of Crew) at Lonesome Lake Hut were fabulous and warming!  They went out of their way making sure we need anything and answering our questions via paper and pen.  What a great Croo!

There was a scary moment when Cane fell head dive onto the rock and his helmet helped to protect his head from cracking open like what it happened to him last year in PA. His neck hurt from the impact. He is nursing his headache, but he is ok. He said he was blessed to have his helmet on.

Oh no, the Internet Cafe is closing.  Will have to update at another time.  Until next time, folks!

Hello, folks! Spring is approaching, but Spring seems to be here already…here in Northern NJ, we are in balmy low 70’s deg F! Unbelievable. That’s the ideal hiking condition, except Cane is in Maine and I am here in NJ. Darn! I am so itchy to get back on the AT. I am sure Cane is too. This Winter is strange….snowed once here in NJ. Hope we will not be whooped with snow, rain, tornadoes or anything later this early Spring.

Cane and I are working on preparation and re-organizing our equipment and food to get them ready for AT journey this year – our 3rd year of journey! Around 600 miles left. Here is a quick itinerary: Hike north from Kittatinny Visitor’s Center in NJ (Delaware Water Gap) toward North Adams, MA, then leap frog to Franconia Notch, NH to hike north through the White Mountains toward East Flagstaff Lake, ME, then leap frog to Monson, ME to hike toward the final destination – Katahdin. We already hiked VT and section between East Flagstaff, ME and Monson, ME two years ago. We are aiming to resume our hiking on or after 21-March which is this month. We hardly WAIT!!!! Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming news. 😎

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