Getting ready to go into town after three solid days of hiking. I think so far I had hiked about 53 miles.
Breakfast at a donut shop in Manchester Center Vt. Chocolate milk and cake donuts never tasted so good. One thing I had to get used to was how people would react when they were downwind of us! After three and a half days of sweating and wearing the same clothes we were pretty ripe!
This is the kitchen of the hostel we stayed at in Manchester Center. It was a full kitchen with every amenity including a fridge full of free drinks and Ben and Jerry's ice cream. I usually don't drink sodas but you really start having weird cravings while hiking. I think in 12 hours I drank the same amount of soda I had consumed in the previous six months!
Green Mountain House Hiker Hostel
I was surprised to find out how many people you would actually see on the trail. Here we ate lunch with about 7-8 other hikers. This was the second time during the hike that we stopped near a lake for lunch. You just can't see it in the picture.
On the fifth day of hiking I finally got my first "real" blister.
Only a few hours before I cramped uncontrollably and had to call it quits, I filled up with water
at this tranquil lake. All this picture is missing is a moose in the background.
This is the restaurant/hostel/commune in Rutland Vt. where I stayed till my friend picked me up and took
me back home. (I just noticed that the name of the place where I stayed was the Back Home Again Cafe, how ironic is that!)
Now, a few months after this hike, I kind of wish I was still out there. Yes I suffered quite a bit during the hike trying to keep up with my thru-hiker friends, but it is an experience I will not soon forget. Getting away from the hustle of everyday life and seeing how life could be gave me a craving for more exploration and adventure. Hardly a day passes when I don't mentally plan out some trip that will take me far into the backcountry, far away from jobs, people, and cities. GDR here I come!
Till next time,