The difference between a stumbling block and a stepping stone is the character of the person walking the path. – Travis Alexander
I started my day at 5:45 AM. For the first mile and a half of my hike today, the trail bordered a stream. It made for lovely music this morning.
Up the mountain I went closer to that Massachusetts/Vermont border. But first I got to visit the Rock Garden. My understanding is that at one time before the trees grew this was it incredible Vista. Now the trees are tall and all you see are rocks.
Coming from a state as large as Kansas crossing a border seems insurmountable. I know the states are much smaller especially in the Northeast, but it’s still a large charge to cross the border on your feet.
About an hour after the border crossing I am walking along the ridge of the mountain and I come across this Boulder. This is one of the many reasons I love the Appalachian Trail. Where did it come from? There’s nothing above it. All of a sudden you’re walking along and here is a gigantic Boulder sitting sweet as you please all alone in the forest.
So far the trail in Vermont has some very muddy places. They do a great job of placing stones to keep the mud off the shoes. But this means a lot of delicate foot placement throughout the entire day.
The next picture gives you a better idea of what I was up against today. The trail of mad with rocks placed strategically to get you through it. I felt like most of today was hopping from rock to rock. It wore me out. Having to be so careful where you put every footstep was exhausting.
Normally throughout the day I can stay in contact with you. Not today. I fear our days of good cell signal’s are probably over. Thank goodness he was waiting at the designated spot.