Saturday night and we are in our hammocks well before dark. Only 8pm. The contrast to ‘normal’ life is stark, and that is probably a good thing, making this experience special. Forgot it was Saturday until looking just now.
Vermont started with a heavy rain the first night we were in the state, and it is ending that way as well. We made it into camp and had our hammock rigs setup before the rain started in earnest, so its no problem for us….actually it’s good, as hopefully some of the water sources will swell up a bit. Forecast is for a full night of rain. Last day in Vermont. We will miss the fine mantaince job that the Green Mountain Club has done here.
Lots of folks at the shelter that we are camping close to. All Long Trail hikers with the exception of us and 3 other southbounders section hikers. Fourteen currently at the shelter or in tents/hammocks nearby. Probably the most that we have camped with yet. Probably the biggest group that we will see as this is the beginning of the Long Trail, and this is the first Saturday of August, the more popular time to hike the LT. It is a bit entertaining, as we see folks with 3 weeks of food and others with 3 pounds of bear ropes in all varieties.
The day was fairly easy hiking, some up and down little mountains with some views. One pretty brutal uphill, but it was less than a mile.
Highlights were berries as we came across blue,black and raspberries that were ripe. Berries are a wonderful part of this journey, hope they continue to be available.
Also met a fellow who had done some long distance hiking in Europe. He had met his wife on the AT 6 years ago and they continue to try to do some long distance hiking each year. He mentioned a 500 mile long pilgrimage trail in Spain…this sounds like a fun way to see some of Spain and work on our Espanol.
Daily Distance: 21.7
Trip Distance: 588.4