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Cool.  I love hearing stories of people being successfully introduced to new
outdoors experiences.  My only question is what took so long?

On Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 11:41 AM, Caveat Lector <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> Over the past two years I have introduced my wife to hiking. This summer
> she purchased her first pair of hiking boots, Bean's all-leather Cresta
> boots. She loves them. I had always hoped that she would be able to join me
> on one of my backpacking trips, and she seemed ready and was excited to give
> it a shot. She only has a daypack but I figured, what's one more down bag
> and sleeping pad in my pack? Most of our non-local hikes had been in Vermont
> and New Hampshire, but TEO recommended visiting Duck Hole for the missus's
> first overnight trip. She and I looked at the topo and online photos, and
> she said yes.
>
> Days of rain postponed our departure, but on Tuesday morning the rain bid
> au revoir. We arrived at the Upper Works trailhead shortly after
> noon-thirty, and by 1 pm were on our way. The mile-and-a-half to the
> crossing of Indian Pass Brook went quickly, and shortly thereafter we
> crossed a beaver dam that offered a more felicitous water crossing than the
> trail's deep ford. After several crossings of a brook draining the south
> side of Preston Pass, we began the gentle climb into the pass itself. There
> we enjoyed the cliffs of its western wall and the mossy boulders along the
> path.
>
> At Upper Preston Pond, we refilled our water bottles where the dock used to
> be. After ascending to Hunter Pond, were reached Piche's lumber camp and
> took a few photos of rusting artifacts. The decaying corduroy road from the
> camp provided a fun descent. Just about a mile shy of Duck Hole we crossed a
> swamp that, with a little more water, could make for some wet work. Crossing
> a submerged beaver dam just wide enough for one foot proved to be the crux
> of the matter.
>
> A half-handful of ups and downs on, we arrived at Roaring Brook. The ADK
> guidebook explicitly warns that no bridge crosses the stream, but we found
> one luxurious enough to offer a railing on one side. Another half-handful of
> ups and downs later, we came upon the Duck Hole lean-tos and tent sites.
>
> Having pitched our tent and hung our bear bag PCT-style, we went for a swim
> above the dam--a refreshing way to get the mud off. A metal canoe and two
> paddles tethered to a tree tempted us, but we opted to relax at camp
> instead. We dined, took in the last hints of twilight over a cup of tea, and
> then chatted with other hikers around a campfire, before heading to bed.
>
> We awoke to the morning sun burning whisps of fog off Duck Hole and a loon
> laughing and swimming. Upon packing up our bags, pads, and tent, we broke
> our fast, filtered water at the foot of the damn, and set out for Upper
> Works. As we snacked at Upper Preston Pond a gaggle of canoeists trudged in
> from the pass, clambered in, and paddled off into the glinting distance.
>
> Soon enough we arrived back at the trailhead and lamented the absence of
> cold refreshing reeb. Nevertheless, Duck Hole offered a delightful
> introduction to backpacking for my wife.
>
> Photos at: https://picasaweb.google.com/bkulas/DuckHoleAugust2011
>
> caveat lector
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