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Zealand Notch, Ethan Pond - page 6 of 6

On the way out, we once again had to cross the edge of Ethan Pond. Toi still had a rough time crossing the rocks, but at least the wind wasn't blowing as hard off the pond.

We immediately began to make good progress going down the Ethan Pond Trail. A number of bog bridges spanned this section of the trail. They were all in excellent shape, and made walking easy.

At the junction with the Willey Range Trail, we stopped for a short rest. Holly and I filtered some water out of nearby Kedron Brook. It was cold and tasted much better than the water we had taken from Ethan Pond the night before, which even after filtering, still had a fishy pond flavor. I checked out the woods nearby to look for the infamous, spooky claw bag that Erin and I had seen on our hike up Mt Willey in November 2001, but couldn't find any traces of it.

We reached the Kedron Flume Trail a few minutes later. Up to this point, the day's hike had been easy and we had made quick time. The Kedron Flume Trail was another story. Toi has almost as much trouble hiking down steep narrow trails as she has crossing water, so the going was slow as she searched for good footing. But we were in no hurry, and eventually worked out way down to Kedron Flume where the trail moderates. 

We rested at the flume for a few minutes. Toi needed the break to relax. Holly's good mood was increasing with each step; she was really looking forward to ice cream at the Willey House site snack bar at the end of the trail.

In another half-hour or so, we reached the bottom. Overjoyed, Holly ran down the last part of the trail and got there first. We left our packs on the large porch and went inside to have a cold drink. Although we were tired, and Holly was especially glad to return to "civilization", we suddenly missed the trail. It felt odd to be among the well-dressed and clean tourists who had merely driven there.

After a short rest, I retrieved my bicycle from under the porch and rode off to get the car. I was tired, so the ride uphill from the Willey House site to the Crawford Depot was exhausting, and I had to alternate walking and riding the bike during this section. When I got to the parking lot near Zealand Road, there happened to be an AMC shuttle parked there, so I happily locked my bike to a nearby tree and got a ride the 3 or so miles up Zealand Road to the trailhead where our car was parked.

After driving back to pick up Toi, Holly, and Muffin, we rode to Lincoln to eat lunch and to browse the shops before heading home.

Toi crossing the edge of the pond on the way out. Toi has a hard time balancing when crossing water on rocks, and has to judge each step carefully. 

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Toi at the junction of the Ethan Pond and Willey Range Trails. I looked to see if the infamous claw bag was still hanging from a tree nearby, but I couldn't find it anywhere.

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Me at the junction of the Ethan Pond and Kedron Flume Trails. Up to this point, the hike back was easy and we made quick time.

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Holly by Kedron Flume. With the end of the trail not far ahead, Holly was feeling much better, and looking forward to ice cream at the snack bar at the Willey House site.

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Toi at Kedron Flume. The Kedron Flume Trail between the Ethan Pond Trail and the flume is a steep descent. Toi was glad to rest here.

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