We enjoyed a nice campfire last night at Corliss Camp even though it had rained and everything was pretty wet. Jukebox had collected a baggie full of birch bark which was excellent tinder for starting the fire. She’s become quite skilled as a fire starter!
Everyone went to bed by about 8:00 p.m., which we call “hiker’s midnight”, and shortly after that we got a hard rain. It didn’t last long, though, and the trail conditions today were very good. We started hiking at 6:45, covered almost 12 miles and finished by about 12:30. Our overall hiking speed is improving and we can almost cover two miles per hour. It’s not important to try to hike fast but it’s good to know your speed so that you can estimate how long it will take you to cover a certain number of miles. For this trip we’ll average about ten miles per day, so an average hiking day will be about six hours, maybe a little less.
The next section, which will take us four days, will be challenging but I think we’re ready for it. We will be hiking over Whiteface Mountain and Mount Mansfield, two of the most challenging mountains that we will face. The students have already proven to be pretty tough and they have very positive attitudes, so I think we’ll do just fine.
We’re at the Green Valley Farm B&B again tonight so we’re guaranteed another great breakfast in the morning. We should be well rested and well fed for our next four days in the woods.
Here are some photos from the day.