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1022 Bristol, VT

1022 Bristol, VT

It’s another Zero Day.
– Sleep late
– Wash clothes
– Run errands
– Sort food
– Check weather
– Walk Sherman a few times around the property
– Update Blog
– Get food for dinner and help Chris do the sous chef part

It rains all day. The forecast is rain all week except Tuesday in this part of the state. South in Bennington and Williamstown, MA the forecast is clear Mon-Wed.

So, we may do our last 2 days on Tues-Wed. Depends on how the weather forecast develops…

1021 Bennington, VT to Bristol, VT

1021 Bennington, VT to Bristol, VT

It rains again overnight. We arise at 6:30. I intend to be on the trail by 8:00. Well, we start hiking at 9. The mind makes a quick run through being late. Being caught in the rain. It always taking longer to get out of the shelter that I “want” it to…

It’s 1.5 miles to VT 9. One weather report says rain at 10am. Another says rain at 1pm. I’m voting for the later one today.

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1019 Kid Gore Shelter

1019 Kid Gore Shelter

43.8 miles to the Southern Terminus.

In the middle of the night, there is another torrential rain. It too stops after a couple hours, the winds rise again and the dancing trees release more of their treasure.

Today is a 15+ mile day including the last big mountain on the trail. Stratton Mountain. Queen and Timber head out 30 minutes before us.

fullsizeoutput_246bSherman, right outside the shelter, pulling on the leash, anxious to get going! Notice the large milky quartz rock. None others around…?

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1018 Stratton Pond Shelter

1018 Stratton Pond Shelter

I woke up around midnight to the sound of torrential rain on the metal roof. A hypnotic sound. Almost like white noise. I recorded a snippet. It continued for at least two hours. Then… as quickly as it started. It stopped.

After the rain stopped, the winds came. The trees danced and sang, releasing a portion of their leafy treasure.

fullsizeoutput_2468On my way back from the privy I see my friend waiting. and ready.

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1017 Spruce Peak Shelter

1017 Spruce Peak Shelter

The alarm sounds at 6:30am. Want to be at the Post Office by 8:30 AM when it opens. I gather everything and arrange it in easily packable piles. I empty the backpack except for an almost empty food bag and another bag with items to be mailed to Bob and Chris. Sherman and I head for the Price Chopper grocery store. It’s about a 30 minute walk. I buy some more tuna in foil packets, 3 liter sized Smart Water bottles and some bite size Snickers and Hershey bars. Now, we’re off to the post office. About a 15 minute walk.

There are 3 neon maple trees in the parking lot in front of the post office.I get some good photos with the sunlight coming through them.

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