I mentioned in a prior post that I became fascinated by the variety of mushrooms and fungi in the forest and started to take photos of them. He’s a collection of those photos. They are presented chronologically.
The featured image here is from Sept 5th. Day 1 on the journey. Feels like many, many lifetimes ago…
Today, October 27th, is a lazy day…
Rest and recuperation.
Starting to organize the food left over.
Organizing gear into that to return to my Hiking box and that to store elsewhere
Starting to listen to the inner whispers of what’s next
Help Bob with some computer issues and changes in some practices and procedures
We will probably be here about another week. Do a few day trips to visit old friends in the area. A massage on Tuesday. May take Sherman to a local vet for blood-work to be sure he didn’t pickup any of the possible water-born bugs out there. No symptoms. Just feels like a sensible precaution.
There are a few additional posts to make. The mushrooms and fungi. A post-hike review. A group of misc stuff that didn’t make it into the daily posts. Some thoughts and inner experiences from the trail.
Sherman loves being here.
He’s wound his way into Bob, Chris and Nuka’s hearts.
And they into his.
Blessings to all…
Sherman wakes up in the middle of the night, crawls out from under the quilt and goes to the shelter opening. He sits and lets out a very quiet guttural growl. I turn on my headlamp and shine it out into the woods. About 100 feet away, behind a bush, I see a form moving down the trail to the creek. It’s bigger than Sherman. Maybe a small bear? Can’t see it. Can’t be sure. Sherman comes back under the quilt.
I seem to be sleeping for a deep sleep cycle and then waking up. I lay awake awhile and then go for another deep dive, then wake up. Round and round it goes. I’ve been doing this for a few weeks. It happened last year on the John Muir Trail also. Odd. And interesting. I wake up at 5:45 am. We get up to pee. It’s too cold to get up. We crawl back under the quilt and warm up. About 6:30 the sky starts to lighten. We get up. The thermometer on my pack says it’s in the low 20’s. It’s definitely cold! I start to organize our gear and food. I leave the quilt out so Sherman can lay down on it. He wants to be up with us. In 10 minutes he’s shaking. I pick him up and his nose is warm. He’s belly is warm. Not sure why he’s shivering. I sit down on the quilt and wrap him up on my lap. He stops shivering. I wrap him up in the quilt and go back to organizing. He gets up to watch and he starts to shiver again. I hold him and wrap him up again. He stops shivering. I wrap him up and he stays covered this time. I offer him food and he isn’t interested. I finish organizing, put Sherman’s pack on, put the quilt in it’s stuff sack and load the pack. Then we’re on the trail. The LAST DAY!
I wake at 6. The alarm is set for 6:30 so I get up. Sherman goes to the door. We walk around the grounds. He empties. We go back inside. He to sleep. Me to pack. I make coffee in the supplied coffeemaker and reload the pack. Done by 7. Our ride is due around 7:30. I was told I can park the van next to the owner’s car while we’re out. I do. Linda, our Trail Angel for the morning, drives up at 7:40. I put our stuff in the back of her Mini. Off we go. She enjoys taking hikers where they need to go. She gets to meet interesting people from around the world. We have a lovely conversation during the 40 minutes to the trailhead.
She walks Sherman around the parking area while I get the gear out of the car and organized. Then we say goodbyes and be wells.
Sherman and I head up the hill headed south. This is a long steep climb out of the gap through which VT 9 runs. Quite rocky and lots of stairs that were built by trail workers in many years past.
Spent the day getting ready to complete the Long Trail.
– Found a motel near the trail end that allows dogs and will let me leave the van there for 2 days. Made a reservation for this evening.
– Found a Trail Angel who will pick us up tomorrow morning at 7:30 and drive us to the trailhead where we got off on Friday. She asked for $10 to cover gas. I’ll give her $20.
– Packed food and clothes for a 2-day hike.
The story is now up to date!
We’re headed to Williamstown, MA to spend the night in a motel tomorrow, Monday. I can leave the van there until we return. Tues morning at 7:30 we’ll get a ride to the trailhead where we got off the trail and hike about 10 miles to a shelter. Then, Wed morning we’ll hike 3 miles to the Southern Terminus of The Long Trail completing our journey. Then hike 3 more miles to the Pine Cobble Trailhead. From there, it’s about a mile to the motel where we’ll get the van and drive back to Bob and Chris’ house in Bristol.
Another Zero Day with…
– food organizing
– blog updating
– dog walking/running at the High School
– helping Bob with some computer stuff
– helping the Potter’s Guild with some computer stuff
– finish some computer stuff for a client
– make a motel reservation for tomorrow night
– setup a drive from the motel to the trailhead Tues morning