Got up around 6:30 and chatted. Finally got on the road at 7:30. Wanted to see how many miles I could get in before the rain came. Made it down to the Stratton road but kept hiking. The rest of the day it rained and rained and rained. My steps shortened tremendously with the slippery steep boulders. After 18.8 miles I came to Spaulding Lean-to. I ran into a bunch of kids going to Harvard. It was pre-orientation out on the AT. Well it was quite interesting watching them set up camp. As it was pouring, there was a sleeping bag just getting drenched. Along with most of their other gear and food. Found out, it was their fist time going hiking and camping. After being amused for 2 hours, almost all of their stuff was soaked. It was just one other hiker and I in the shelter, so they ALLLLL slept under the lean-to. Some even slept under the Lean-to because there was so many of them. Being on the Appalachian is no walk in the woods. It can turn serious if you don’t know anything. I’m sure all of them will at least remember. Cooked food and called it a night.