Day 136: Zero Day in Andover and Bethel, ME

July 28, 2013

Our last zero day. And it truly couldn’t have been a more perfect one.

We slept in for the first time in months. The last time we slept in was when we were visiting Pasha and Kelsey in Virginia during Memorial Day weekend. It was seriously the best feeling in the world. We slept until 10:00 AM and I woke up feeling the most refreshed and rested that I’ve felt in a long time. I may feel like I’ve gotten enough sleep on the trail, but I could really tell that I had gotten enough sleep because I felt super productive all morning. We got all of our packing and organzing done in the morning before our visitors came in the afternoon.

I couldn’t wait for my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew to arrive in Andover this afternoon. We waited out on the front porch as they pulled into the driveway. Louie had just woken up from a nap and was a little groggy when he saw me. He is now 9 months old and when I left back in March he was a couple weeks shy of 5 months. Babies grow so incredibly fast that it was hard to believe he was the same kid that I left a few months ago. Once he woke up and we got him out of the car for lunch, he was all smiles, full of curiosity, and showing off his vocal skills.

We drove over to Bethel to eat lunch at Pat’s Pizza, resupply at the grocery store, and hang out in the park. Bethel is a small town, mostly a ski town in the winter, but there’s quite a few inns and also home to Gould Academy. Louie showed off his crawling and was mesmerized by the water fountain. He loved feeling Miles’ beard and ‘fro and he would laugh when he grabbed hold of it. Louie is much more playful than when I left, so it was so much fun to just hang out with him, Jessica, and Todd all afternoon. We laid out on a blanket, drank some Geary’s, and ate some whoopie pies. Louie was satisfied with his formula.

We were all just content hanging out, whether in the park or in the car driving around. We stopped at the general store in Andover to get some dinner and they dropped us off at the hostel. I was expecting it to be harder to say goodbye, but I knew that we would be home soon, so really it won’t be that long until I see them again. Our visit provided more drive for me to finish. Thanks for coming up for a visit Jessica and Todd; we’ll see you guys soon!

There’s nothing better than a day when you can sleep in and hang out with the cutest nephew in the world.

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3 thoughts on “Day 136: Zero Day in Andover and Bethel, ME

  1. Oh, I don’t know about your last zero day. You still have Monson, and a zero day in Monson before your 5 days in the 100 mile wilderness might just be worth the treat.

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