It just doesn’t get any more beautiful than this. A perfect blue sky day with the fall colors blazing and just a touch of chill in the air. 

Our friends Laura and Tim have joined Gary and I to hike for a few days. 

Laura has already hiked this section of the Appalachian Trail in Vermont and remembers passing this wetland area and seeing a moose.  There used to be a huge beaver dam here but there is no sign of it now, and the wetland has drained. Darn, I would love to see a moose!

Yesterday Gary and I hiked in Massachusetts. Today we are in Vermont. It is interesting to see different ways the clubs maintain the Trail. No wooden bog bridges, instead, stones have been placed for hikers to walk across. 

That is a very big rock. I should have realized it was a sign of things to come. Not good things. Rock things. I saw on the map that the very last mile of the hike was a very steep descent and I was a little worried about what the trail would be like. Normally, I’m a big fan of rock stairways. I appreciate the hard work it takes trail teams to construct them and I think they are beautiful. The trail dropped 800 feet in just over a half mile–all rock stairs. Well, some of the steps should have been called ledges. They were treacherous–covered with dry leaves, tilted at awful angles, super steep and hard to land a boot on solidly.  My hiking poles skittered over the granit surfaces as I slowly inched my way, sometimes having to sit down. The rocks were placed in steps in a wide shoot or steep channel of rocks, so there were no trees or roots to hold onto. It probably took me an hour and a half to get to the bottom. At least it sure seemed that long. 

County Road to Vermont Rt 9   11.2 miles

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  1. Beautiful, beautiful. I’m glad you had dry leaves, not wet, on the rock descent.

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