50 Shades of Brown: An Ode to the Long Trail of Vermont
Mud, mud, everywhere and not a drop to drink…
My hiking buddy Andrea and I waded through brown mud slicks with hidden roots waiting to trip us. Our shoes squished with every soggy brown step. We wove in and out of what we were sure were swamps but what was actually a trail.
Andrea turned to me and asked, “Have you read 50 Shades of Gray?”
Me: “No!…Have you?”
Andrea: “No!…but if there are 50 shades of anything out here…it’s BROWN!”
And we proceeded to list all the brown there is in Vermont while we hiked the Long Trail…
50 SHADES OF BROWN
An ode to the Long
5. Moose poop
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12. People poop
(image courtesy of greenlitebites.com)
16. Maple syrup
(image courtesy of thesyrupshop.com)
17. Our shoes
18. Our socks
19. Our legs
23. Beaver dams
25. Dehydrated sausage crumbles
31. Cheese covered in dirt
32. Andrea after she slid down Butternut Mountain
33. The trail
34. My hair
40. Pine cones
44. Hot chocolate
45. Peanut butter
46. Sugar houses
47. Trail signs
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you are one gutsy (and too funny) young lady! have you done the AT yet? I’m prepping for it for next year…I’ll be 63 then and need one more adventure while I can do it!
Looking forward to more of your stories, thanks!
Wow, can I relate! Lived and hiked in VT for over 30 years. You may know the local joke: What’s the longest river in VT? The Long Trail! Gotta love it.