Perfect hiking day…

When I last left you all, I was headed into Manchester VT for a resupply. I had to hitch a ride into town from the trailhead. About a five mile ride. I was quickly picked up by a local carpenter who was excited to hear I was from Cooperstown. He was an ex pro baseball player, farm league single A and had actually played in Oneonta thirty years ago.
Bought groceries and then went to local outdoor hiking store where I had to buy new poles. One of mine snapped in two hiking down slippery rocks a few days ago.
Last several days have been hiking with Chip and Jan from Parkersburg WV. He’s an engineer with specialty in solar power and she is a violin teacher so we’ve had interesting talks about all sorts of things. Although I’m hiking “alone”  it’s amazing that usually within a day or so I meet and hook up with compatible hikers. We generally walk as a group during the day and tent next to each other at night. Very easy to meet nice new friends
After our resupply, we all stayed at hiker hostel in Manchester :the Green Mountain Inn. A clean bed, laundry, one free soda, a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and full breakfast for only $40!
Started hiking next morning up to summit of Bromley mountain.
This was the “perfect hike” : Started out on a full stomach, beautiful sunny weather, NO aches all morning while hiking!  Feet didn’t hurt, knees OK, crotch and butt didn’t itch, no shoulder pain and generally had lots of energy :

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Black Diamond Run on top of Bromley

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Later that afternoon we reached the bottom of the mountain and camped in front on a small Vermont Lake. I took a dip and then went fishing in my underwear. That’s my definition of a perfect hiking day

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Today was another story. Lots of ups and downs hiking in the rain. More aches and itches. Pitched our tents in the rain and ate a rather wet dinner outside. Fortunately, right now I’m composing this blog lying in my nice warm dry tent. Here are some views of the day

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Tomorrow my son Bob is meeting me to join the hike for the next several days. More updates soon.

3 comments

  1. daN baueR · June 28, 2016

    Sorry to hear your about your “sexy legs” (hiking poles) giving out. Hope you can find some more tape to personalize this pair. Full speed ahead.

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