Day Four – Mt. Belvedere

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:

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About The Man in My Shoes

Since retiring in 2012 I am enjoying the freedom of being able to make my own decisions about how I spend my time and am taking advantage of the opportunities that I have to spend more time with my family, explore, learn, and pursue my dreams and goals. I look forward to writing about these pursuits and hope you enjoy reading about them.
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6 Responses to Day Four – Mt. Belvedere

  1. Joe Broney says:

    Thanks for the update Walker and please keep them coming!

  2. rbcapo says:

    As the mom of one of the middle school hikers (Sinatra) I am loving your daily updates. Thank you so much. Sounds like everyone is doing awesome. Thank you for sweeping our group through the Long Trail.

  3. Annette King says:

    The break must have refreshed and re-energized all you hikers. I hope today is just as good as the past even it there is some rain. My friends Marybeth and David are enjoying reading your blog. David asked today if when you get home, you will tell him the brand name of your favorite hiking shoes which you mentioned at your talk about hiking the AT at our library. They hiked in Wales the past three summers, and they hike our Peninsula all the time. He doesn’t want you to be distracted from your current hike, but I told him you would be glad to tell me.

  4. Rhoda Sommer says:

    Dave, Mark and I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with all of you yesterday and this morning. What an opportunity for us to be together as a family and be a part of “jukebox’s” big adventure. You are an exceptional group of ladies and gentlemen (guides included).

    Total relaxation for us, enjoying the beauty of Vermont, the hospitality of our Inn Keepers, and the energy and excitement of the kids. Let “jukebox” know after a hard night tonight, her bed mat is with your supplies at the Inn.

  5. buddyjohnson1 says:

    It is so nice to get some ‘home cookin’ and Green Mountain Coffee for a break!

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