Following the Long Trail

Two For One

The Long Trail is the oldest long distance hiking trail in the US. It was constructed between 1910 and 1930 and runs 273 miles, the length of Vermont. For the southernmost 105 miles, it overlaps the Appalachian Trail. So, from the time I entered Vermont I’ve been hiking with people who are both walking the AT and others who are walking the LT.  On day 56 I hit the 105 mile mark for the LT, and  said goodbye to my friends who were continuing along the Long Trail.

I also hit this milestone…

Day 53 – Bromley Mountain to Big Branch shelter (17 miles)

day 54 – Big Branch shelter to Clarendon shelter (17 miles)

Day 55 – Clarendon shelter to Churchill Scott shelter (14 miles)

Day 56 – Churchill Scott shelter to Inn at Long Trail (4 miles)

The Little Things

I love seeing the big vistas following the long walk up a steep mountain. Sometimes the conditions just aren’t right to get that grand view. But, if you look around, and sometimes keep your head down, you’ll find something just as fascinating.  In some places you can find what appears to be a Lillipution forest.

These are called tree Club Mosses, and they only stand five or six inches tall. They are not trees and they are not mosses, though they are somewhat related to mosses. They are not everywhere so you have to keep your eyes open in order to find them. I think they are fascinating. Here are a couple more..

A couple times I also spotted this very unusual trillium, only at high elevations.

At the Road Crossing

Sometimes you have to look at things for a few minutes before you realize what you’re seeing. I was looking at this old barn and it eventually occurred to me that the attached silo was made of wood. It’s obviously very old, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a wooden silo before.

Just One More Photo

The rain clouds are making it difficult for me to catch a good photo, but trust me, the Green Mountains are magnificent.

Thanks for listening.

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