Day 69 – Mudalicious

“All that glitters is not gold. All who wander are not lost.” –William Shakespeare

Miles hike today 22.6.

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.

My first interesting thing today was split rock. The name says it all! I love how the trail goes through these oddities – it makes it fun.

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.

Then it was onto Porcupine  Lookout where I had a nice view of the mountains to the east..

Little Pond Lookout also gave me a great view. Although you could no longer see the little pond the trees have grown up and obscured it.

Glastenbury Mountain was my big climb today. At the top there was a fire tower! I love these things. Thank goodness for the tower for there was no view unless you climb it.

At the top of the tower the view was 360° of spectacular. The picture below is of the mountains I will be climbing in the future. I was facing north when I took the picture.

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.

The bridge cross the stream which was absolutely beautiful. Vermont is a beautiful state and the Green Mountains are stunning.

I can’t tell you how happy I was to see Hugh and RV at the end of this day. Twenty-two plus miles is a little past my comfort zone. My feet were more than ready to call it a day.

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