We checked into the Sterling Inn, a hiker hostel and bed and breakfast hotel in Caratunk. No bunkhouse for us, since we are luxury hiking this trip, we opt for private rooms.
The Sterling Inn dates back to when the lumber companies floated logs down the Kennebeck River.
Our shuttle driver has dropped the four of us at Scott Road and we start out on this bog walkway.
I love bog bridges! I'm still hoping to see a moose but no luck here.
Not sure why this blaze deserves it's own little frame.
Just after lunch at Pierce Pond Lean-to, we have to cross the outlet of Pierce Pond on a very strange, old wooden dam. We were told at the hostel to take the blue blazed trail to avoid the damn. Sometimes on the Appalachian Trail, if something is particularly hazardous, especially in bad weather, there will be a trail “blue blazed” around it. Laura and I haven't blue blazed anything yet, and don't want to start now.
Different! But not at all scary, thankfully. I think it would be dangerous after a big rain or in high water.
The trail now descends along the river. Waterfall after waterfall, each one so beautiful, I am constantly stopping to take photos.
I'm pretty sure I saw a fisher, a mink-like critter, dart away from the bank here. I wish I could have gotten a photo!
Gary taking a photo of me crossing this unique bridge. You walk along the lower log, holding onto the two logs about waist high.
This amazing beaver dam was huge!
I think the beavers did a much better job here than humans did on the wooden dam we crossed earlier. There were two beaver lodges just below their dam.
Everyone waiting for me on the bank of the Kennebeck River. I have to take some ribbing for being last but I have been “awed out” today. It's been a magical hike with waterfalls, beaver dam, spotting a fisher and now, a very major milestone. Crossing the Kennebeck.
We are waiting for 2 o'clock when the ferry starts running. The Kennebeck is a huge river and the dam above releases water and causes the river to rise so fast you could never get across without being swept downstream by the current. So the state of Maine pays to have hikers paddled across in a canoe.
The canoe is the official route for the AT and even has a white blaze on the bottom.
What a great way to end a hike today.
I let Gary paddle in the front so I could admire the river and enjoy the ride.
AT miles hiked 8.2
Hiking trip total miles 39.6 Miles remaining to hike 817.0



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  1. Stephanie says

    Remind me to tell you my moose story some day. 😉

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