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Zealand Notch, Ethan Pond - page 5 of 6

I had no idea how crowded the campsite might be on this 4th of July weekend, so I raced on ahead to grab a tent platform while Toi and Holly took their time climbing the rest of the way up the stairs. The Ethan Pond Shelter itself looms at the top of the hillside right by the stairs, while the tent platforms are down a trail to the left. I decided to take the third platform; the first was a double platform for larger groups, while the second was so close to the first that if a noisy group camped in the double site, I wanted to put some distance between them and us.

When we were done setting up the tent and getting everything arranged nicely, we stored our food and cooking stuff in one of the bear lockers the AMC provides. Then, after a short rest in the tent, it was time for supper. 

Holly and I took Muffin with us and we grabbed a spot in the cooking area, which was already beginning to fill up with people, including the leaders of a large group of boys from a local camp who out were on a backpacking trip. Luckily, they were good leaders and didn't allow the whole group to occupy the area at the same time, as they would have completely taken this small space over. The cooking area consisted of several logs to sit on, arranged in a square, with a tarp erected over it. The two bear lockers were here, and off to the side, there was a small washpit with a strainer.

When our supper was finished cooking, Toi came over from the tent and joined us to eat. We had tied Muffin up to a tree outside of the tarp so she wouldn't bother anyone, but a couple sat down near her anyway. She didn't really bother them, but kept watching them lift every spoonful of food from their plates to their mouths. They liked her though, and thought she was funny; otherwise, we would have moved her.

Day 3

The next morning dawned gray, but it wasn't raining, and we knew the day's hike was going to be relatively short. After eating breakfast, we packed away our things and dismantled the tent. With the fly off but with its frame still attached, the tent is easy to pick up to shake out any dirt or leaves that we may have tracked in.

Arrow-shaped rock at the base of the stairs that lead up the hill to the  Ethan Pond Shelter and Campsite.

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Ethan Pond Shelter. This open shelter is built very similar to the one at the Garfield Campsite.

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Our tent on the platform at Ethan Pond Campsite. It's nice to set up camp on a flat spot where you don't roll to the downhill side of the tent in your sleep all night.

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Holly and Muffin peeking out of the tent. After setting up camp (and taking off her broken pack), Holly was much happier.

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Shaking out the tent before packing it away. With the fly off but with its frame still attached, the tent is easy to pick up to shake out any dirt or leaves we may have tracked in.

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