Everyone must have been excited about getting to town today because by 6:00 a.m. we were all up and moving around. Tillotson Camp had a nice overlook with a terrific view and several of the students were waiting to see the sunrise. The sky was beautiful but the sun actually rose behind a neighboring mountain so we didn’t see it come up.
We were on the trail by 7:00 a.m., an hour before schedule, and began the long climb up Mt. Belvedere. There were great views through the trees as we climbed and at the peak we had a 360-degree panorama. Looking north we could see Jay Peak in the distance and visualize the general path that we had taken over the mountains. There was a fire tower on the peak and several of us climbed it for an even better view. I have to admit it was a bit scary up there with the wind howling and the clouds flying by. Most of us quickly headed back down but Ella stayed up there until we were ready to head back down to finish the hike.
I should give you an update on trail names. Ella is now ‘Toog’ which is short for ‘Two Glees’ – she admitted that she had actually watched two episodes of Glee on television and someone picked up on that. Bobby is ‘B3’ which stands for ‘Bobby the Third’. He has the same name as his father and grandfather, so he is a ‘third’.
Jukebox and Toog’s mothers picked us up at noon and drove us to Nye’s Green Valley Farm, a really nice B&B. the girls are staying with their mothers in their rooms and all of us boys are staying in a third floor bunkroom. It’s like a sleepover! We’re going in to town in a little while for dinner and to pick up a few items at the grocery store.
In the morning we’re having a breakfast of pancakes and sausage at 7:00 and then we’ll hit the trail. We have a nine mile day tomorrow and the weather forecast calls for rain, so we’re going to get our initiation into nasty weather on The Long Trail. Oh well, I guess it’s part of the deal. I just hope the young folks don’t mind it too much.
Here are some photos from Mt. Belvedere: