With the knowledge that this was going to be a 20+ mile day I started out at 5:30 AM. It was cool and great hiking weather. The sun was not quite up and I might have to start moving my starting time back.
I’ve mentioned the mud on the trail but I wanted to give you guys a look at the roots that are on the trail. These little things can trip you faster than you can say Jack Robinson. They make great steps and great toe catchers.
I came across a beaver pond. I find these very interesting. I waited around for a little bit hoping to get a picture of a beaver, but no luck.
Today on the trail I met these two… Llama and Sweet Life. They started in Pennsylvania and are headed toward Maine. Although I did not hike with them, we took resting breaks together at two shelters. It was nice to have company.
The real story of today was the mad. I spent a large part of the day going around stepping through and tiptoeing through mud. This is the second day of mud in Vermont. It has not rained in two days. I do not know if the trail is always this muddy or if it’s just from past rain. I can tell you it makes the hike much harder. Especially on a 22 mile day.
One of the many things that amaze me about the trail, is out in the middle of nowhere you will come across a bridge like this. I think of the man hours that it took to get the lumber up/out here and then to build it. Got to love those volunteers.