We are down to our last day in Vermont and I’m really sad to be leaving. We finished our section hike of the Appalachian Trail yesterday and though I’m thoroughly exhausted, my feet hurt, and my shins and thighs ache, I miss the fact that we won’t be headed out for our next adventure again today and every day! The lifestyle kind of grows on you and the excitement of what’s next on the trail next is pretty addictive.
These pictures are from our first hike a week and a half ago. We just started with a short hike that day to Thundering Falls. It was one of the few (maybe only!) hikes on the AT in Vermont that had little elevation loss or gain. We have decided there is no flat land anywhere in Vermont. Which makes pretty challenging hiking, especially for us flat-landers from Memphis! Lol. But the hilly terrain is also part of what makes the amazing beauty here that we will miss so much.
On this first hike we had one very nice new bridge and one stream with no bridge that had to be hopped across. Everyone made it pretty well but me! I didn’t get wet but crash-landed on the other side and received my first badges of honor! Lol
We ended this section of the trail at Thundering Falls, a beautiful amazing waterfall down solid rock. It then leads on to a nice boardwalk through the swamp, where we got our first glimpse of the beautiful wild flowers in Vermont that are just now blooming.
So we pack up today and head off tomorrow on the long 22 hour drive home. I’m sad to leave my “trail life”. Hiking the AT is kind of a culture all to itself and such and interesting experience. Sometimes the trail has you hiking over mountains. (We learned that it does not go around but always over!). Sometimes you hike down a street through the middle of town where businesses are catering to the hikers and have the most delicious Vermont maple ice cream! The trail leads you through beautiful grassy fields full of native wild flowers, past numerous old rock walls and remnants of rock foundations and fireplaces where we imagine what the long gone farms were like that are now overgrown with woods. Other times you come across an another hiker on the AT, each with their own unique story, and it’s always an adventure to see what you will find next.
So we will be packing up today, sad to leave the trail behind and thinking about my next hiking adventure. Stay tuned for more as I get access my camera pics.