I woke up early this morning and was on the trail a little before 6:00, looking forward to climbing Killington Mountain. It did not rain last night so everything was nice and dry.
Killington is a well known ski resort so I looked forward to seeing it. As it turned out the AT did not pass through the ski area but the forest was beautiful and had that wonderful pine scent. Apparently when Hurricane Irene passed through this area in 2011 it did a lot of damage to the forest. Many trees are down and it looks pretty devastated in places. I took some photos that I’ll put at the end of the post.
I saw a few backpackers on the trail today but still no thru-hikers. Where is everyone? Hopefully I’ll run into some in a few days.
It started raining about 10:00 but it was not a hard rain so I didn’t even bother putting on my rain jacket. About 1:00 I decided to stop at the Mountain Meadow Lodge. Jeff from the Green Mountain House had recommended and it looked like a nice place. After checking in I walked the half-mile into Killington for lunch and a few groceries. I spent the rest of the afternoon planning the next few days if hiking and looking ahead to Nee Hampshire. Dinner at the lodge was a nice family style affair with other guests and the owner’s family, many of whom are visiting. One family member is a VMI graduate from the Class of 2006, Tom Collins. He is in the Army now stationed in Louisiana. We enjoyed sharing VMI stories and talking about his classmates and what they are doing now.
Tomorrow I’ll get an early start and hike about 25 miles so that in Wednesday I’ll have a short day into Norwich, my last stop in Vermont.
Here’s a couple of photos of the trail on Killington with the downed trees andphoto from dinner and one with Tom.