This was one of our first hikes on the Appalachian Trail in Vermont. We only hiked a few miles that day to get us used to it. We started at US 4 and ended at Gifford Woods State Park. Turns out this part of the hike is part of The Long Trail, a very old trail which travels from the southern border of Vermont to the northern Canadian border. The Appalachian Trail used to go over the Shelburne Pass, but after a lot of storm damage, it was rerouted to this (longer) section of the Long Trail.
It was in the upper 60s that day, though we were plenty warm because we were climbing and descending about 500 feet. It was also raining lightly, but it didn’t bother us. The trees kept most of the rain off of us, and what made it to us nicely cooled us down and evaporated quickly. This trail was basically straight up and then straight down, and since we are used to basically flat land in Memphis, this was quite a challenge for us. We would watch native Vermonters fly up and down hills like they were born walking on them! lol It was a bit frustrating!
Though after being home now, we have done a few hikes. We hiked a several mile flat trail, which was a breeze, and I find that even when I do hike hills at home I am in much better shape than before and surprised at how much easier they are than before. I plan to keep hiking so I can retain my new strength and really enjoy hiking anyway. It is so refreshing to be out in nature, which always speaks to me loudly of God. It is so beautiful, and the physical exercise, though hard at the time, is exhilarating. Stay tuned for more of our Appalachian Trail hike!