Again… sorry for the delayed posts. Between lack of service and phone issues I’m way behind but am so incredibly grateful to all of you for your continued support. I have 2 posts that have not uploaded but will make sure they get out as we get charged phones and more service. As we move forward we are on a mission to Maine! Making our miles and trying to stick with a schedule to get home in time for the beginning of school has become a focus.
Well we crossed into Vermont in the mud and the state line sign was in a puddle of mud, which is so fitting that it is known to thru-hikers as Ver(MUD).
We then hit the most miserable bug experiences we have ever encountered and the girls decided we should rename it to Ver(BUG). We did all get bug nets at the next town we hit.
The fire towers were the escape from the bugs. Such a welcome sight and then amazing views from the top!!
One of our favorite fire towers was Stratton Mountain Fire Tower. We met the caretakers who have been manning the fire tower since the 1960’s. They were there when I passed through in 1999! Thanks for being there and for all the great info!
The beaver dams and ponds and changing landscapes were amazing and such a treat. With the changing environment also came new plants and animals. Our very own nature channel continues as we soak in this incredible earth we live on. The girls continue to talk about how they are so lucky to see so many of these things that they would not see if they had not hiked so far! We truly are blessed.
Through the mud, we also made it so some amazing waterfalls, vistas, and open mountain tops full of ferns, grasses and new wildflowers.
Harmon Hill was our favorite camping spot in Vermont. What an amazing sunset and great company of other thru-hikers.
Killington Peak provided an incredible rock scramble topped by a view that made Wild Jay say we made it to the top of the world! An awesome day!
We also had ladder climbs and challenges that the girls always enjoy.
Happy 4th of July and Happy Birthday “Sparkle”. We visited with family and made our own parade across the state line into New Hampshire!!!! We considered these short miles our 0 day to keep us moving northward (the road walks of Norwich,VT to Hanover,NH).
Thanks to family and the speed of slackpacking some of Vermont we were able to make some big mile days, stay on schedule and move into New Hampshire. Here we head to the big White Mountains of New Hampshire and then onto Maine!!!