8/27 Lookout Farm (17.3)

October 16, 2013 at 1:13 pm

 

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Well, after living in the moment a little bit too much last night, we got a late start this morning from the Long Trail Inn where we were camped.  It was great to have a hot breakfast, though, and since we had service at the Inn, we were able to catch up with a few people from back home.  We have left the relatively urban mid-atlantic states and entered the land of no cell phone signals up North.

A man who we thought was a park ranger talked with us for a while about what we had seen on the trail.

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As it turns out, he was actually a ‘forest detective’.  We didn’t realize this job title existed but it makes sense that, if anywhere, it would be in Vermont.  He was looking for a character on the trail who had exhibited violent behavior.  It’s worth noting that this is the first time in our experience this summer that law enforcement has had to intervene on the trail.  A lot of friends and family voiced concern about the type of people we might meet on the trail when we began our hike, but after four months now, we feel much safer in the woods than out of them.

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It was another beautiful day in Vermont!  Blue skies and nice trails.  The hike up Killington the day before was a bit rough and rooty, but the trails for the most part are soft and well graded.  We can both easily imagine how much different it would be if we weren’t experiencing a pretty dry period.  We’ve started reading the trails like weather reports for the past year now, using them to gauge how much rain or snowfall they might have had recently.  The toll of the wet spring shows on a lot of the AT this year.

We found a ladder that looks like it came from someone’s garage tied on to the trail and got a good laugh out of it.  It’s interesting to see what each new region decides to use for trail features.

We had planned to go further today, but as dark approached we were just reaching the spot on our map labeled simply as ‘the lookout’.  We were expecting an area that might be poor camping, but we didn’t have a lot of options so we took the blue blaze off trail to investigate – and found the most amazing cabin!  From the crows nest on top, Limey, First Gear, and Greenlite yelled down to us.  We climbed up to catch the last breaths of sunset and fell asleep in the gorgeous newly renovated interior.  The trail constantly surprises us.

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