We got up early this morning and quickly hiked the 7.5 miles to our pick-up point where Sinatra’s mother, Rebecca, met us and drove us into Burlington. We checked in to the Anchorage Inn, washed our laundry at the laundromat and picked up some supplies at Eastern Mountain Sports. Sinatra got a new backpack that fits him better than his other one did, Aviator got some new poles (he dropped one down a crevasse on Mansfield), and others got high-tech clothing items to replace cotton items. Afterward Rebecca drove us to downtown Burlington where we window shopped and had dinner at a Himalayan restaurant. A hiking friend of mine from the AT, Lady Grey, met us at the restaurant and it was great catching up with her. Whiskers had never met her but they have a lot of common friends from the AT. She brought us some great trail magic (brownies) and the students enjoyed meeting her and she enjoyed meeting them. Now we’re at the inn and the students are playing in the pool.
I need to let you know that this was my last day on The Long Trail hike so this will be my last blog post. After hiking with the group for the past ten days I have come to realize that while what we are doing is not dangerous, there is some risk involved and that my personal liability is an issue. So I will be heading home on Sunday and Whiskers and the students will continue with the hike. I have thoroughly enjoyed the hiking and especially getting to know the students. They are all pretty special and I will miss being with them and Whiskers. But I know that this is the right thing for me to do.
Here are some pictures from today.