A Painful End to June

June has closed out in a humbling way. The mountains of New Hampshire are steep and technical in a way that I haven't really seen elsewhere on Trail, but they reward you with the best views as well. I've scrambled up rock walls and hiked down waterfalls; been lost in the clouds and exposed to ridge lines that resemble Machu Picchu and Irish cliffs. The terrain has made me sweat, curse, and groan and yet I am accompanied by a constant grin.

I've also been able to reconnect with old hiking friends while meeting new ones. These buddies came to my rescue when I slipped on a slick rock yesterday and likely sprained my ankle. Immediately, despite my stubbornness, they pulled items out of my pack, insisting that I should lighten my load. I had met some of these guys only hours before.

I should be in low spirits, but I can't help but feel so thankful. I'm grateful that I've made it this far without an injury, happy that I'm able to rest and hopefully recover quickly, and excited to spend my final days on the AT with my Dad and then that hiking crew (if I can catch them). Most of all, though, I'm acutely aware of how much I rely on my feet, and so happy that they continue to support me on this journey.

So let's take a look at what I've done in June!

Total days on the trail: 121

Total zero days: 21

Total near-o days (less than 8 miles): 9

Total miles covered: 1843.7

Miles in June: 434.7

Total average mileage: 15.24 miles/day

Average mileage for June: 14.49 miles/day

TRAIL MAGIC: 65 times!

Wildlife this month: Tons of frogs, snakes, & chipmunks. Saw my first rattlesnake in Vermont, too!

Total wipeouts: 13 (the sprain happened on unlucky #13)

Total Trail Cries: 2, this month's was after my family sent me a sweet video from my cousin's wedding.

Total dollars raised for Next Steps: $3,553, still hoping to get to $6,600 and have less than 350 miles left. Please consider donating if you haven't already!