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Zealand Notch, Ethan Pond - page 2 of 6

At the end of the Zealand Trail by the southeast corner of Zealand Pond, we turned down the Ethan Pond Trail to locate the small clearing where Muffin and I had camped on our way to Mt Zealand in May 2001. It was back in the woods not far after leaving the Forest Protection Zone that surrounds Ethan Pond.

I set up the tent while Holly and Toi rested. Muffin was in a hurry to get inside and kept getting in my way. Holly couldn't wait to go up to Zealand Falls Hut to use the bathroom, so she took Muffin and hiked up there while Toi arranged the sleeping bags and pads inside and I bear-bagged and hung up the food. Finally, the two of us headed up to the hut.

Not long after we sat down in the hut's dining area to rest, Toi started talking with a woman who turned out to be a fellow Girl Scout leader. While they talked, Holly decided she was ready to take Muffin back to the tent and get some rest.

There's some nice flat rocks to sit on right near the hut, but as it was rather crowded that day, I took a short hike upstream to where the Twinway crosses Zealand Brook. I took a picture of the falls up there. Zealand Falls aren't so much one spectacular plunge as a long series of cascades with some moderate drops below the hut. 

After we returned to the tent, we took a short nap, then made some freeze-dried chicken and rice for supper. Holly wasn't hungry, just tired,  so Toi and I cooked and ate a short distance downwind from the campsite. Later, we walked down to the Ethan Pond/Zealand/Twinway trail junction where there's a large boulder with a nice flat top to sit on. I was hoping to see a moose by the pond, but no such luck.

Muffin checking out the tent. Muffin was ready to get in the tent right away, even before I could get the fly put up.

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Me staking out the tent. We set up the tent in the exact same spot that Muffin and I had camped when we climbed Mt Zealand.

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Toi looking out of the tent. After I finished setting it up, she started to arrange the sleeping bags and pads.

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Zealand Notch from the Zealand Falls Hut. The steep scarred slope to the left is Whitehall Mtn. Mt Carrigain and the Hancocks are in the distance. 

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Zealand Falls. After we set up camp, we hiked up to Zealand Hut. I went upstream along the Twinway a bit to get this shot.

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Toi eating supper near our tentsite. The freeze-dried chicken and rice wasn't too bad.

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