Day 74 – A Long but Good Day

Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one. Dr. Seuss

Miles high today 18.9.

After another rain delay I’m back hiking. I started at 7:30 this morning. And… The sun is shining. It was 2 miles up to Little Rock pond. It’s a beautiful little lake that’s a great day hike for the locals.

I was looking for a spot to eat breakfast when I came upon Coach and Flip. Two retired teachers that started their Appalachian Trail journey in New York where they’re from. They are headed for Katahdin. Then they will flip back to New York and head south to Georgia.

I walked with Flip and Coach for a little while but then out paced them and said goodbye. My next stop was the Rock Garden. The guidebook it says gnomes built the garden I believe it.

A little farther down the trail I met once again Salsa. This time he was hiking with Mosey and her dog Jesco.

The three of us came upon the second rock garden.

Salsa and Mosey met up with some friends and took a break while I hiked on. The forest here in Vermont is thick but today there is much more sunlight shining through the pines.

I took a blue blaze to Domed Ledges for this beautiful view. When I take a break which I did at the Ledge I like it to be somewhere spectacular.

The next stopping place was at Airport Lookout which overlooked the town of Clarendon, the airport and the Taconic Mountains beyond.

Then it was down, down, down to Clarendon Gorge. It had a superior suspension bridge. The bridge had a lot of bounce to it… So much fun crossing it!

This is the water running underneath the suspension bridge.

And once you go down, down, down you have to go up, up, up. I forgot to take a picture but I basically climbed a pretty vertical cliff. I figure it will help get me ready for the White Mountains. I hear there’s a lot of bouldering and climbing in New Hampshire.

Until tomorrow,

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