First of all I can’t say enough good things about The Green Mountain House hostel and the owner, Jeff Taussig. Everything there is first rate and it is really more like a B&B than a hostel.
Jeff took me to the trailhead at 6:30 so that i could get an early start. It was cloudy but not raining. My first climb was up Bromley Mountain which is a ski resort. It was eery at the top with the ski lift in the clouds and a man cutting the grass with a tractor. The ski lift looked more like a space ship. (See photo.)
The skies gradually cleared and it turned out to be a beautiful day. It’s a Saturday so as you would expect there were quite a few day hikers out on the trail. The trail conditions were still wet but not as bad as the previous two days. At least it was sunny!
At the only road crossing of the day I met a man from Texas who is vacationing in Vermont and staying at the Killington ski resort with his wife. (I will pass close by Killington on Monday and probably take a short side trip to see it.) He was looking at a map at the trailhead and asked me some questions about the various mountains I had climbed and the trail conditions. Tomorrow he plans to do a day hike in the area. Hopefully he’ll have good weather like today.
I’m trying to take extra good care of my feet since they’ve been wet for four days now so today I stopped every five miles to wring out my socks and air out my feet for a few minutes. It was actually very pleasant to take the breaks and it made the twenty miles seem shorter. I’ll probably do the same thing tomorrow.
Tonight I’m camping near the Little Rock Pond shelter. There are no other thru-hikers here. In fact there’s no one in the shelter, just two families with young kids camping in the area near me. It’s nice to hear the sounds of the kids playing. One little boy told me that they’re going to have a camp fire and roast marshmallows. It reminds me of when The Princess and I did that at our house not too long ago with our grandsons, Jackson and Liam. I really miss those boys but I did get to Face Time with them yesterday.
Oops a big rainstorm just rolled in. I hope it passes quickly and doesn’t spoil the campfire session. I’m going to do a little reading now and cook dinner after the rain passes. I’m reading Hemingway’s ‘A Farewell to Arms’ on my Nook. It’s a classic!
Here are some photos from today.