I arrived back here this week and found a few new happenings that should make this an even more friendly end-of-trail town. (or beginning).
I hear the new owners at the AT Cafe plan on offering internet access and doing the place over with an AT focus decor. I also heard there might be shuttles offered as well.
New owners also at La Terrace Hotel who have told me they welcome hikers and have done a great job revamping the place. Rooms to rent and also good food at very good prices. Wednesday night is 25c wings. Thursday is rib night. Good brews on tap and very friendly folks. One of the owners is also the postmaster so ask for directions when you pick up or send your mail.
There is also talk in town of resurrecting some kind of hiker festival. Probably won't happen this year but its a good sign that the folks around here want to have their town seen as a real trail town and welcome hikers.
There is more snow in the forecast and if the weather doesn't show some warming changes soon there will be snow and ice on Katahdin well into May and possibly June. This time last year the ice was out of most of the lakes and this year its still a good two or more feet thick. Melting snow and ice will also make for muddy trails and swift flowing streams in the early part of the season.
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