Two days ago, Hansel and Gretel were shooting for Lonesome Lake Hut, but they missed it by two miles and had to camp at the Kinsman Pond Shelter. They were pleasantly surprised when they stopped by the hut the next morning. The staff there greeted them with pancakes, bacon, fresh bread, and cake! They claimed the people staying in the hut were not going to eat it. Thanks Lonesome Lake Staff!
Last night Hansel and Gretel made it to Galehead Hut... but too late for a work-for-stay spot. They only accept two thru-hikers a night and two got in just before Hansel and Gretel (one of whom was their friend Raisins). Luckily, the Galehead Staff was also very friendly and let Hansel and Gretel sleep on the floor of the hut for $10. Raisins and the other thru-hiker then shared their dinners while Hansel and Gretel contributed by cooking up their own meals. They ended up with a big pot luck!
One thing that Hansel and Gretel continue to witness on a daily basis, is the supportiveness of their fellow thru-hikers. While hiking, each backpacker is on his own schedule, often hiking alone, but once they reach camp, everyone looks out for one another. If someone needs something, there is no hesitation to share. They trade food, offer advice, and look out for one another. It's nice to know there is always someone within a few miles who understands your plight and cares enough to help you succeed.
Lonesome Lake Hut: Home of the delicious breakfast