Continuing wild family hiking experiences on Vermont’s Long Trail
It was a short autumn hike about this time last year that convinced me to plan for a longer journey, one to be taken in warmer weather.
It happened a few months ago, on a pleasant July night in Vermont, a night that was unusually free from mosquitoes and black flies. I’m snug in my sleeping bag reliving the past four hours of immeasurable beauty and breathing in, at last, the reality of being on this hike.
It is my first night on a journey to hike Vermont’s Long Trail end to end — 273 miles from the Massachusetts border to Canada through the Green Mountains. Beside me, my young dog Bo has finally settled in and is resting. It is our first time hiking with full packs, and we are both tired — not yet exhausted or sore, but ready for sleep…..
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