The trail is a river! 

Sunday June 11, 2017 

Town of Bennington, VT – Catamount Motel 13.9 miles

Total mileage 587.5

We fell a little short of our ending point last night so we made up the miles today. With the early stop last night I was able to soak my feet in a stream. The water was so cold that I couldn’t leave them in for very long, but it felt so good. So good in fact I soaked them again  today on my lunch break. 😊 

It gets light so early here and the birds really come to life at first light which is currently 4:38 am! So I have been up early every morning. Plus today was supposed to be hot so I wanted to get an early start. I was out of camp at 5:15 am heading to the next shelter 2 miles away to use the privy. DISCOUNT and HOOTIE were both there. We hiked with them on and off throughout the day and ended up going into town together. 

There were times throughout the day that I wondered if I was off trail and walking up a creek instead. There was water flowing down the trail and it truly looked like a creek! 😯 The rocks and tree roots were a blessing in these areas. It gave you an area to step out of the water. I spent most of the day hopping from rock to rock or tree root. 

While we were eating lunch at the Congdon Shelter this little mouse came out to eat some of the cracker crumbs that SOULFLOWER dropped. We all marveled at how cute it was! 🐀

Most of the day went well. My feet did get really sore by the end of the day. We had a steep descent down into Bennington which bothered my knees some, but after resting some at the hotel they are feeling better although my feet are still sore. 

I don’t think anyone has to worry about me losing weight. I managed to eat a whole pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. Which contains 1040 calories, 52 grams of fat and 120 carbohydrates!😁 My hiker hunger has definitely kicked in. I have gone from eating 1-2 snacks per day to 3 or more. The last time I weighed at the Bearded Woods Hostel I had not lost any weight. 

The funniest things remind you of some people. The hotel I am staying at has a pink toilet and it made me think of my Dad. He was a handyman and had a supply of a colored toilets that we had to dispose of after he passed away. I miss you, Dad! 

6 thoughts on “The trail is a river! 

  1. Yes! Chocolate Fudge Brownie. Yum.

    Yeah, yeah…the mice are all cute until they eat a hole into your tent in the middle of the night. 🙂

    Hope you enjoy your town stay!

    You are doing great!

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  2. I thought that Aunt Julie told you last year that hikers call Vermont —- Vermud. As for the Ben & Jerry’s I keep watching for the “bye one get one free” at Publix and when that happens I will think of you when I indulge. Actually I think of you all the time. Love Ya.


  3. Days I can not pick up Amy. Out of town June 21,22,23,30. July 1,2,12. Best places to pick her up: 25A
    Mt. Cube, 25c, 25 Glencliff, 112 Lost River, Rt. 3/ 93 Franconia. Call whenever. Marty

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