Friday July 29th I dropped the kids at camp, my car was loaded with maybe too much stuff and maybe not everything I needed but I was off on an adventure. I didn't even realize it until I was home but I essentially didn't hit any traffic- Like no memory of any. I made a side trip on my way home to have lunch with a friend in Worcester so the exchange from 495 to 290 was a 2 mile crawl but even that was no big deal.
I headed up with my list of National Forest campgrounds. I could not find any available openings at Layfayette Campground so my next best option was to take my chances on a first come first serve site in the National Forest. My goal was Hancock as it was closest to Lincoln and Rt 93. Somewhere along the line I realized I would really like a shower. As I am shuffling through by pages I see only 3-4 campgrounds out of almost 2 dozen have showers.
Once on the Kangamangus Highway I drive by a few campgrounds and go to one of the farthest campgrounds but it has showers and am greeted with a FULL sign so I turn around and go to the last one I saw about a mile back. At this point I figure securing a campsite is more important so I pull in. A National Forest person pulls up and says site 20 and 30 are open.
Because it is self-serve he tells me to park a lawn chair on the site to claim it and come back to pay. I actually set up camp pretty quickly and look at my map. My friend made a statement along the lines of Hike the S%^& out of those trails and I figured he was right so I should get right to it. Tomorrow would be an all day hike and Sunday may be a wash depending on how my body felt.
Right across the street is a trail to Mount Hedgehog. Seriously?? Ava loves Hedgehogs so this is no longer a maybe but a requirement. I pack up pack and walk to the gate where I take care of signing in and paying and I walk across the street.
Is anyone else just in awe that I am walking across the street to a 5 mile trail on a mountain?? Well I am. I was at 2800 feet in a little over a hour. It was the kind of hiking I really enjoy. Woods, funky mushrooms and silence. I passed 1 couple early on but not a soul otherwise.
About 2.5 miles in I finally circle around from the back side to the cliff side and I am just filled with views of mountains, green and clouds forever. I have said this before but I just looked at my map trying to acclimate myself to what mountains I was seeing and thinking I have so many more miles I would love to cover.
I was really hoping to include a photo slide show but I can't seemto make that work. I have included a link to my photobucket album which includes all the photos of this part of my trip.
fooseberry's Mt Hedgehog 72916 slideshow on Photobucket
I headed out about 3:30 and was back to my site by 7pm.
I decided to head into Conway as I always head back to Lincoln and wanted to see what they had to offer. I was happy to find Seadog Brewery had an empty seat at the bar. Just a suggestion, try a Sunfish if you like fruity Summer beer. I did a quick stop and LL Bean too but wasn't impressed so I headed "home".
I was in bed by 9:30. Headlamp and a book and sleeping in no time.
I am glad I stayed busy because I really think I was too tired to be scared.