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Back from the Trail

My husband, a friend of his, and I went hiking last week in Vermont, along the Appalachian Trail. This portion of the trail shares Vermont's "Long Trail", which is a 100 mile trail that stretches across Vermont. The trail wasn't steep anywhere, but was quite rocky and "wet". Lots of standing water even thought there hadn't been much rain. Boggy. No wonder people advice not doing this in June-July...when the mosquitoes and black flies are out. All that standing water is a wonderful breeding ground for those type of bugs.

This was one of the few years where we saw quite a lot of people hiking. It was nice to run into fellow hikers a few times a day. Autumn colors were nice. Unfortunately, in several areas, we missed the peak of color as most of the leaves had already fallen. The weather was mild, and we got out before a big rain storm and a big chill down.

My only disappointment was that I didn't see much wildlife (beyond the other hikers we ran into.) We did see a few beaver ponds that were incredible in size. Those beavers sure do know how to create a city underwater from the surrounding shubbery and trees. It really was an incredible site.

We hike every year for a week. It's very nice, but I sure do like it when I get out of those boots, return to running water, flushing commodes, and food that isn't dehydrated or "brown". Brown just seems to be the common color among the food I take. I crave green vegetables by the end of the week....and tomatoes. The first thing I had when I got out was a salad. At that moment. It was the best salad I have ever eaten.

Returning home to my cats and dog was the next best thing. I missed them. Oh, and a hot shower.

I'll have to figure out how to post photos.

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