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Carey Kish

Carey Kish of Mount Desert Island has been adventuring in the woods and mountains of Maine for, well, a long time. If there’s a trail—be it on dirt, rock, snow, water or pavement—he will find it, explore it, and write about it. Carey is a two-time Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, Registered Maine Guide, author of AMC’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast, editor of the AMC Maine Mountain Guide (10th ed.), and has written a hiking & camping column for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram since 2003. Follow his outdoor travels and musings here, and on Facebook/CareyKish. Let Carey know what you think at

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Maineiac Outdoors with Carey Kish
Posted: May 8, 2015

Six-Moon Journey: The most incredible hiker breakfast imaginable

Carey Kish is currently thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, a distance of 2,200 miles over a period of 5-6 months. Entries from Carey’s trail journal are presented here (read them all). You can also follow his journey on his Facebook page.
April 28, 2015: US19E to Mountaineer Shelter, 9.3 miles, 11am to 3:15pm.

The best breakfast on the entire AT is–has to be–at Mountain Harbour B&B. I had it this morning, probably two dozen other hikers as well. We all agree. Amazing.

Cold night in the bunkhouse, not sure why I didn’t pull on the extra quilt. Duh. Up at 7:30 and got ready to had up to the main house for the big breakfast affair. Shannon said be there ten minutes before 8, so that’s what we did.

The dining room was fabulous and already filled with hikers sitting about having coffee and tea. And the spread on the counter, oh my! Probably six different types of egg dishes, hash browns, grits, biscuits and gravy, sliced ham, fresh fruit, French toast with pecan sauce, sweet rolls, apple cake and all kinds of other delicious. And good coffee plus OJ.

Mary and Shannon and crew at Mountain Harbour B&B serve THE most amazing hiker breakfast. Carey Kish photo.

Mary and Shannon and crew at Mountain Harbour B&B serve THE most amazing hiker breakfast. Carey Kish photo.

Took awhile for the buffet line to move all around the big serving counter, everything looked so good and it all needed to be at least sampled. Piled a plate high, as did everyone. There was plenty and Mary and Shannon made it clear they hated leftovers. No problem. Yum yum yum, all of it. Sat with MoFo and Pilgrim and enjoyed a few laughs.

Back at the hostel I took another shower and got my gear packed. Once again I mailed myself too much food. Sorted through and took what I needed, then left the rest for Broke Down as promised. He’ll take what he wants and then put the rest in the hiker box. Pack seems pretty heavy, same as every time I leave town. Deal with it.

Got online and checked email and FB. Discovered message from Dana at home in Maine that I had another box waiting for me here. Looked through the pile under the stairs and yup, there it was. Rather than open it now Shannon said don’t and just have the box forwarded to Damascus. Done, then I can enjoy its as yet to be determined contents, likely beer or food or both.

Yes indeed, I ate it all! Carey Kish photo.

Yes indeed, I ate it all! Carey Kish photo.

Finally trundled out of the hostel at 11, up the highway and to the trail. Nice walking for hours through pleasant woods, up grassy valleys, over open fields and through rhododendron thickets. Good views at several points back to the bulk of Hump Mtn.

Passed by several quiet enclaves, with a house here and there and a church, then a well-kept cemetery. Then back into the deep woods. Finally hiked along a roaring brook, which I couldn’t through the rhododendrons. Wound down finally to the wide, clear and beautiful Elk River, and walked along it for close to a mile.

Then it was up and around through the woods to Mountaineer Falls, which dropped over a cliff left of the trail. A short climb ahead was the shelter, a triple decker with room for 14. Don and Drop Bear were here, then two young women. A guy hiking from Florida to Newfoundland, some 5400 miles, stopped in for a bit. And just now, Wayne (Fig) Newton from Maine showed up. Three Mainers are here now. Fig started April 1. He’s a wild man on his 4th AT thru-hike plus the PCT.

Nice spot this place. Good to get in early and chill. Gonna be 15 in the rain tomorrow, if the forecast is on. We’ll see.

It was wonderful walking the day out of of Elk Park NC/Roan Mtn TN. Carey Kish photo.

It was wonderful walking the day out of of Elk Park NC/Roan Mtn TN. Carey Kish photo.


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