As dinner quiets down, the hut master, John Cotton, a seasoned-veteran on the mountain, explained the rules for the hut. Also, later that night, a group of through hikers nearing the end of their months-long journey on the Appalachian Trail would talk about their trip. As Cotton spoke, the sun broke through the clouds for the first time all day.
(Photos and story by T.S. Amarasiriwardena/Boston.com Staff)