Category Archives: Vermont Long Trail

Middlebury, VT (August 10, 2015)

We arrived at Middlebury, VT, around 11 PM. Late to find accommodations, but we were not prepared to find that the inns were full. Middlebury College was having an athletic camp. As a result, all the rooms were taken. As we were leaving Middlebury on Route 7, I spotted a small motel with a vacancy…

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Day 22: (July 7) Middlebury Gap

This morning, the youth group was up early, but was relatively quite. They certainly did not follow the leave no trace principles. They dropped wrappers on the ground, washed dishes near the water source, and left the seat up on the privy to attract varmint and flies. We have about six miles to walk to get…

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Day 21: (July 6) Sucker Brook Shelter

We were in no hurry to leave the shelter (9:15 AM), thinking that we were going only about 8 miles to Rt 73 (Brandon Gap) where the McKains would meet us. We looked forward to seeing them again and to having a warm shower and sharing a pleasant meal. On top of a mountain, Dennis…

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Day 20: (July 5) David Logan Shelter

During the night the rain pelted the shelter’s tin roof and kept me awake until about 4 AM. It is so dark in the woods, especially on a rainy night. You can’t see your hand in front of your face. I was looking forward to seeing the Vermont stars, but the clouds and tree-cover have…

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Day 19: (July 4) Rolston Rest Shelter

After two days rest in Rutland, it was difficult getting back on the trail. We just missed the bus to the trailhead and had to wait an hour before the next one arrived. We started walking until late morning when the weather became overcast and cool (55° F). We’re jinxed! With two days of sunshine (while we were…

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Day 17 & 18: (July 2 -3) Rutland

After all the cold nights, it felt warm sleeping in 70° F. I threw off all the blankets except for the sheet. Not complaining, though. After breakfast, I went to a self-serve laundry mat, the first time in about 40 years. The attendant was very helpful and explained how to operate the coin-free machines. It cost…

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Day 16: (July 1) Killington Peak and Cooper Lodge

Its the first of July and cold and rainy, just as it has been since we started the hike more than two weeks ago. Dennis used to brag that it did not rain on him.Nature decided to change his good fortune and make up for all those years of sunshine. Dennis was the first up in…

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Day 15: (June 30) Governor Clement Shelter

As we lay comfortably in the tent, Dennis mentioned how difficult it was for hikers to be intimate. Too cold, too tired, too stinky. We both have a mummy bag, which makes cuddling difficult.  Looking forward to our next “zero” (rest) day in Rutland. The 3.7 miles to the Clarendon Shelter were difficult. Coming into Clarendon…

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Day 14: (June 29) Minerva Hinchey Shelter

We left the shelter and headed for Wallingford. The trail crossed a raging river. Dennis walked up a found a place that we could hop stones to get across. He helped me a “Quaker” cross. While I was waiting for Dennis to find a suitable crossing, a couple with a young puppy tried crossing the river. The…

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Day 13: (June 28) Greenwall Shelter

Cold with high winds. A tree fell just as I was walking by. Yes, when a tree falls in the woods, it makes a noise. Scared the daylights out of me. Since there was only one other hiker, “Quaker” in the shelter, we set the tent up in it to stay warm and, hopefully, dry…

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