Observations

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It’s a busy place here at the Appalachian Trail Lodge in Millinocket, Maine. I get one day off a week. If I’m lucky. There are a lot of 12+ hour days. I work in the gear shop, scrub toilets, drive shuttles, clean & sweep, answer the same 6 questions on the phone and do a pile of laundry each day the size of Mt Katahdin.

I do this much laundry every day!
I do this much laundry every day!

Here are a few fleeting observations:

Hikers have forgotten how to flush. Seriously. And I can’t decided if they need to eat more fiber or less, but the toilet need plunging once or twice a week.

Hikers have a very distinctive smell. It’s part body funk with ground in dirt, a heaping helping of sweaty socks, and a a hint of rotten egg. Delicious! We ask them to leave their backpacks on the porch and wash themselves and their clothes as soon as reasonable.

These are Penobscot Fries and they are VERY popular among the locals. It s French fries with gravy and cheese. Yum!
These are Penobscot Fries and they are VERY popular among the locals. It s French fries with gravy and cheese. Yum!
This is a lobster roll with fries. The roll is made much like tuna salad except you use lobster. Especially tasty with house made mayo!
This is a lobster roll with fries. The roll is made much like tuna salad except you use lobster. Especially tasty with house made mayo!

 

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Beth

I'm a professional vagabond. I quit my cubical job in January 2014. Since then, I've hiked the Appalachian Trail, The Camino, and taught English in Vietnam, Turkey, Russia, Spain and Mexico. I'm exploring the world.

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