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Up early and on the trail at 8:45 am.  Another scorcher today and tough initial hiking over Butternut Mountain at the start of the day.  Climbing over Bowen Mountain next was much easier.  Went to Ritterbush Pond for a swim and ended up staying for three hours.  There was a trampoline on a raft that you could swim to in the middle of the pond.  I suntanned and talked with Bob Northrop’s son and grandson when they showed up on the raft.

Sunset atop Belvidere Mountain

Sunset atop Belvidere Mountain

After a really late lunch at 4:00 pm, I pushed on to make the summit of Belvidere Mountain.  Pretty tough climb up Belvidere especially as it was getting dark.  I camped at the summit next to the fire tower.  This is an awesome spot to spend the night.  There are great views from the fire tower.  I watched the moonrise and a lightening shower way off in the distance.

Hiked 12.2 miles today.

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Unbelievably hot morning and took my time getting going.  Walked past the Ithiel Falls Camp Meeting Ground, which was quite the major religious camp.  Made it to Round Top Shelter for lunch.  This is a very modern shelter with a skylight.  Took a mid-day nap to escape the heat.  Pushed on in the afternoon and hiked over Laraway Mountain, which was a fairly easy climb and had a great lookout with a bit of a breeze.

Long Trail Rock Cave

Long Trail Rock Cave

Cruised into Corliss Camp as darkness was approaching at about 8:30 pm.  The Northrops were there as well as 2 south bounders.  Had a long chat with Bob Northrop about everything.  He is a very interesting man.  Active with the GMC, retired teacher, President of and electric co-op and originally from Belmont Massachusetts.  Saw a porcupine today on Laraway Mountain.  Unbelievably, my first interesting wildlife sighting.

Hiked 11.7 miles today.

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