In the White Mountains there are lodging options called Huts. These are run by the AMC – the Appalachian Mountain Club. (or as we like to call them the Appalachian Money Club) These huts cost around $100 a night for a bunk bed, supper and breakfast the next morning. The huts are spaced about 6-7 miles apart so as a weekend or day hiker you can go from one hut to the next and not have to carry lodging on your back. 6-7 miles is quite a hike when you are used to sitting in a cubicle all day.
There is also the option to do work for stay at the huts. This may range from folding blankets after the guests leave, washing tables or in our case doing a presentation and question and answer session for the guests about the AT. After the guests are served supper the dishes are cleared and things cleaned up and then the thru-hikers can eat the leftovers.
It started raining on day and we stopped a hut hoping for work for stay. This was at Zealand Hut and the staff
there was really nice. The meal was a Thanksgiving knock off with turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy. It was pretty good. I do have trouble though comparing everything to Mary’s cooking. I was very full after this meal. Free food is the best! After the meal we answered questions about the AT and they guests were really amazed at what we were doing. Most people don’t have a clue that we are hiking 5-6 months, every day…hiking. It just amazes me because we are on the AT and they are hiking on it too. Although the AT is named different trails all through the Whites which make it difficult to keep track of. Just follow the white blazes.
In the morning I got to wake up the guests by singing the Birdie Song. It was so awesome to use my camp resources to help out the hut crew. We waited to eat until after the guests and then were on our way.
There were some huts that we stopped by in the afternoon where you could buy a bowl of soup or brownie/cookie or a piece of bread and drinks. If you were lucky there would be leftovers from breakfast – of course it is cold, but it is food. 🙂
Several huts are open as ski areas during the winter, but most are seasonal. I can’t believe people would come up here in the winter, but I am not a skier. It would be a whole nother world in the winter.