Day 110 – KATAHDIN!

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters most, in the end. – Ernest Hemingway



Miles hiked up 5.2 (hiked down too but those miles don’t count)


Boy oh boy, am I glad I waited the extra day to some of Katahdin. Everything about today was pretty perfect. We were able to catch the shuttle to Baxter State Park at 6:30 AM.

The Penobscot Indian tribe has a special ceremony each year around Labor Day at Katahdin so the park was extremely full and we had to wait in a line to get through the park gates.

I started hiking at 7:53 AM toward the summit. Everyone had warned how hard The hike would be today. Over and over we heard this was the hardest mountain of the Appalachian trail. We were prepared!

It was not the hardest mountain on the trail.

We flew up the mountain and reach the summit in two hours and 40 minutes. Sure there were parts that were difficult but over all the hike to the summit was a great hike.

It was a small city up there.

Timeless and I hiked up and down the mountain with the Colonel (Greyeagle). I still want to be him when I grow up. He is 75 years old and has thru-hiked the AT and kept up with me. This man has fought in every war since Vietnam, I was honored to hike to the summit with him.


Last couple of weeks with Timeless have been so enjoyable for me. I got back that social part of the trail that I was missing by going to the RV every night. I absolutely loved summiting with a friend.


Girl on Fire is headed home for awhile.

10 thoughts on “Day 110 – KATAHDIN!

  1. CONGRATULATIONS GIRL ON FIRE!!!

    What an absolutely fabulous day for you.The smile on your face tells it all. What an adventure you have been on and how blessed you are to have made so many friends along your journey.

    To think that thousands of people started this hike and you finished at #581 is a testament to your strength, determination, and perseverance.

    Can’t wait to see you when you get home. I know it is only for a short bit before you head back out but am looking forward to seeing you.

    Safe travels back to Kansas. Hope the miles fly by quickly.

  2. Congratulations! What a beutiful day at the top of Katahdin! It has been wonderful following your journey. Thank you for allowing me to tag along. I still think you should turn Janet’s Journey into a book. So many more people could benefit from your experience and you tell it with such enthusiasm that it would be a fun read as was this blog. Either way, you have created a great memory and the trail will always be a part of you!

    1. Thank you so much. I have to go back to Virginia to pick up a section I missed when I came back to the trail. So I will be blogging again soon in about 3 to 4 weeks.

  3. Hi Honey, THIS IS FOR DAY 110……..YOUR LAST DAY!

    What’s a great accomplishment! I,have written about this day earlier but don’t know what happened to it.

    Oh well, at my age I should be, grateful to just get thru the day. When do you head for home? When do you plan on making up your lost days for the wedding? I know you both are crazy to lay your arms around that sweet grand daughter! She will look so much older and bigger to,both of you. ( I am always hitting the comma key……….I don’t know why.)

    I find it strange that you don’t pick up the week you lost while you are so close instead of making that long trip again. But then I nave not been hiking for nine months or maybe eight it is. So proud of you! You are an amazing young woman! Congratulations!

    Hearing your story, probably others will probably try it the way you and Hugh did. You have always been my “Girl on Fire” and I am sooo proud of you!

  4. Congratulations Janet !! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
    We all know you worked very hard for this.
    Hugs from Houston!
    I’m so happy for you!! 😘

  5. So happy to see this. Saw Kris tonight and we were both talking about not having seen you reach the summit. Came home and found it (I’ve been out of town.) Happy for you. Impressed by you. Inspired by you. I might go to the YMCA tomorrow!

    You should be most proud.

  6. YEA! My friend!!! You did it!!!
    So amazing , what an accomplishment!
    I’m so happy for you that you were able to partake in such an amazing journey . And so glad you and Hugh were able to share it together!
    Thanks for sharing , have totally enjoyed your adventure.
    I know you, what’s next?!? Love you my friend, so proud of you!

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