Saturday, August 21, 2010

Only "official" part of the trail where you don't walk...

This is me, a fellow southbound hiker (in front) and the official ferry crossing guide. He is quite a character ... but super friendly and helpful.

The Kennebec River is pretty mild in this section but it can rise anywhere from 2 to 4 feet, very rapidly, due to releases, up river, for a hydro electric dam.

In 1985 a husband and wife thru hiking team attempted to ford the river. He made it, even though the water levels rose. Unfortunately his wife drowned.

The ATC and Maine AT Club jointly pay for the ferry driver's salary in an attempt to keep hikers safe at this crossing. The ferry guide said that approximately 12 to 15 people attempt to ford the river, on foot, each year. Some make it, while most end up getting pretty wet. He then fishes them out and gets them to shore safely.

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