Vermont Long Trail – Cruel Beginnings!!

Get ready! Day 1-6 is a read….but I will be breaking down the days once I am home because it’s been a journey already!!
Today I realized I created an aggressive itinerary using my ultra brain (yes, it took me 5 days for the suffering set into realization!) I wanted a new challenge but I underestimated this trail, the technicality is 😳, the heat + humidity, and my monster pack!! I have been humbled and brought to my knees by this trail! I went about this wrong and that mindset changed today thanks to Flipakey, Hamish, and Tenacious (trail names….stay tuned for mine 😜) I will be on the Long Trail for 2 weeks but I will not complete all 273 miles. I am stepping back, slowing it down, will start to appreciate this trail in the way it deserves and the way I should. I will jump ahead 30ish miles to get me to the more “fun/scenic” parts closer to where I will meet my bestie in about 5 days to head on to the final 50ish miles to the Journey’s End at the Canadian border.
Things I have learned:
1. Reduce expectations to increase enjoyment and reduce sufferfest
2. Slow down and embrace the journey
3. DROP PACK WEIGHT- shipping stuff back to Canada tomorrow!
4. The trail is magic and you don’t have to look for it. It’s there!! Relax, be patient!!!
LOW POINT – Curled up on side of the trail in my tarp in tears in worst thunderstorm since Hamell of 2016, lost trail, map not working….scared AF. More of this story to come!! Obviously I survived!!
HIGH POINT – Slackpacking Killington Peak with 2 new for life friends today!! (Slackpacking….dropping big packs to get miles…usually a loop or out and back to a peak)
MY TRAIL NAME: Long distance hikers are given names by other hikers. First one that came up was “Legs” but the one that stuck after today “she said”. If you know me you know 😜. There is so much more I could say but I am tired and I need to hit the trail tomorrow again 🤗 Today I stood in front of the 100+ mile mark of the trail… breathe!! New perspective….excited to see what Vermont holds for me next!! #vermontlongtrail #greentunnel #backpacking #hiking #womenwhoexplore #adventure #getoutside #takerisks #sufferfest #breathe #gratitude #appreciate #trail #vermont

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