When we came to that conclusion I’m not sure either one of us immediately grasped the opportunity we had here, but we saw it before long. I would be able to finish my hike with my family.
Kim was not an experienced hiker. For her, hiking to the top of Mt. Katahdin on some of the most difficult terrain of the trail was not a question to consider.
On the other hand, the last two miles of the trail leading to the highway and Rattle River Hostel were said to be relatively easy. She could hike that to meet me after I descended from the Wildcat and Carter mountains, then walk my last miles with me.
Our two sons are Eagle Scouts and experienced backpackers, so this section would not pose a problem for them. They could hike over the Wildcats and Carters with me, then meet up with Kim for the final distance.
In this way, we’d all be together as a family when I finished. There could not be a more perfect or fitting end to a thru-hike, and thus a plan was formed.