Often when hiking you plan to stay at a shelter for the night. But sometimes you want to do more miles and there just isn’t a good place to stay. They you end up looking for woods roads and other flat places. This can be difficult in Maine terrain. I would rather not spend the night in a mud puddle, but that’s just me. One evening we came to a gravel road hoping to find a place to sleep. We call this stealth camping. It sounds like it is sneaky, but people do it all the time. Basically it just means not staying at an established campsite. Because there are 4 of us and 3 tents it is harder to find a place to stealth. Usually you don’t have a problem if it just just one tent.
As we were looking around trying to find a site Jerry
Childs and his wife pulled up on a 4-wheeler. We chatted with them for a bit and then heavily dropped the hint that we were looking for a place for 3 tents for the night. X Trovert is not afraid to ask for anything! They told us about a boat launch that was about 1/2 mile up the road and it was gorgeous! We were close to the water obviously and we had tree cover and a flat space. Jerry even brought us drinking water, soda, cranberry juice, candy and beer. The last of which I did not partake. Oh, and zucchini bread! Reminds me of home!
As we watched the sunset on the water we belived that we were blessed! Jerry was in the right place at the right time and we were blessed by him. Lots of trail angels! He even took our trash!