September 23rd- Woke up to some cooler cloudy weather. We headed up the Hunt trail. It was really nice hiking weather but as we got closer to treeline we could hear the wind really picking up. As we got out onto the spur the wind was wicked and the fog rolled in. It wasn't raining but we got completely soaked from the fog. Well before the top the wind was taking the water that was soaking us from the fog and blowing it off us into ice pellets. It was not nice and I have enjoyed hikes in blizzards better than this. Most people we saw on the way up had turned around. We decided to just go to the Katahdin summit and cut out Hamlin. We were soaked to the bone and it wasn't nice. Once at the top, we spent about 60 seconds hiding behind a rock and then headed down. Most people we saw on the way down were turning around. They were smart. Once we got back down into the treeline we stopped briefly to eat. Up and down with all the stops in 5 1/2 hours, 10.4 miles although when I mapped it out it said about 9-miles.
September 24th- I woke up at 5am and it was raining. Trying to hike OJI in the rain is stupid so I waited, and waited. Soon it was 11am and still raining. So I threw everything into the car and drove home. Blah, not the mini vacation I wanted, but mountain weather in Maine is unpredictable.
Got home and hung everything up to dry. Put my running shoes on and headed out the door. Ran an out and back on the MDI marathon course. Longest pavement run I've done but trying to beat my legs up. 8.4 miles, 54:47.