I am celebrating Labor Day in Monson, Maine, with a couple scoops of Maine Black Bear ice cream and some local beer by a pristine Maine pond watching the sun set. I guess this holiday is not meant for me though. It is meant for people with jobs who are supporting the economy and keeping the country running while I'm out walking around in the woods and swimming in waterfalls. Fair enough. So I'll just say I'm celebrating the fact that it is Monson Monday, a holiday I just made up, and I can do that because when you don't have a job you can celebrate any day you want for any reason you can think of. Happy Labor Day to you productive members of society, and happy Monson Monday to you hickers and other forms of degenerates.
Maine has been the most beautiful state that I have ever been in. The weather has been perfect, the ponds have been abundant, the mountains have been beautiful, the sunrises have been huge. I had heard from many former through hikers that Maine was their favorite state. I completely understand now. The entire state feels wild, natural, and simple. Barely touched by people and unchanged since the glaciers receded after the ice age and created thousands of huge, cold, and crystal clear "ponds" that are way bigger than any pond I have ever seen.
The only thing missing so far is a moose. I still have hope because there is moose poop everywhere. You know the old saying, "Where there is moose poop, there are meece." I've been waking up early to try and catch one eating some breakfast at a pond, but no luck yet. Soon though.
Tomorrow I head into the 100 Mile Wilderness. The most isolated stretch throughout the entire 2,200 mile trail. It is supposed to be the culmination of all the best and worst parts of the whole trail: mountains, boulders, mud, views, ponds, rocks, roots, rain, isolation, swamps, wildlife, berries, sunshine, and friends. It's what I've been preparing for the last 5 months. I think I'm ready.
In one week I plan on being on top of Katahdin posing in an epic way with that famous sign. I have no idea how I will feel. Right now I am very excited to get into The Wilderness and see the mountain that I have been chasing for so long.
Happy Labor Day or Monson Monday depending on where you are in life right now!