Vermont! Once upon a time, Benton McKay stood atop the Stratton Mtn fire tower and envisioned a long distance footpath through the wilderness. The Long Trail through VT resulted (which M&M completed in 2013). The LT begat the Appalachian Trail, and the trails share 105 miles until the AT hooks a right after Killington and heads into New Hampshire while the LT heads north to Canada.
Vermont! Where the Green Mtns rose to remind our calves and quads that the White Mtns and Maine terrain are coming. There’s a saying that the final 20% of the trail demands 80% of the effort. We passed the 500-miles-to-go mark….23% to go…
Vermont! State #12 of 14…cooler mornings…a red leaf or two on the trail and a rising sensation that the beginning of the ending is Now.
So we slowed down a bit: to soak in the beauty and enjoy. We had a super fun “Vermont Crew” of Laces (of course!), Adios (chef, Denver), Outro (architect, Dallas), and Southpaw (engineer-to-be, Atlanta). We cooked a family dinner (with vegetables!!), witnessed some fantastic sunrises and sunsets, and had a beer at the Inn at the Long Trail, where the original trail was discussed and designed.
Thanks this section to the father/daughter team who hiked up Killington from Farm & Wilderness (yes, they knew ‘Quest for Spinach’!) and shared their chocolate and blueberries with us. To the man we passed hiking naked — keep Vermont weird! To Betsy from Norwich, VT, (another NP!) who let us stay with her and did all 6 of our laundry!! To the folks of Lookout Farm, who let hikers stay in their private cabin. And of course to all the strangers who stopped their cars to give some mangy hikers a ride into town…..we couldn’t do it without you….