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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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