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