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City: Charleston
State: South Carolina(SC)
Country: United States
Begins: Mar 11, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Aug 21st, 2011
End: Hanover, NH
Trip Distance: 27.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 717
Journal Visits: 6,577
Guestbook Views: 679
Guestbook Entrys: 68

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REAL quick addendum...Neglected to mention Mark Dinges with all the folks who've helped me out lately. He drove an hour to pick me up and take me to the very nice home he shares with his wife, Pat, and their very friendly cats. There, I showered, he did my laundry, fed me vegan chili and salsa, and allowed me to sample his homebrewed IPA and imperial stouts. Great stuff!

Previously, I detailed many of the reasons I'd enjoyed Vermont; I mentioned very little about the scenery or hiking. Both were great! Vermont is often referred to as "Ver-MUD" and for good reason. At least in the areas the Trail traverses, it is a very wet state, very green, shady, and lots of mud. Lots of edible mushrooms, too; I didn't pick any till my last day there, and ended up giving those to someone in Hanover, NH. One of my last days there, it rained 30 hours without stopping, and this left the Trail in just sloppy condition, and I wouldn't have had it any other way. I wanted to see the REAL Vermont, and I got it. Another nice aspect was the increase in elevation gain. Through the Mid- Atlantic states and into New York and Connecticut, the Trail is relatively flat, and moves along at low elevation. Moving into Massachusetts, the mountains start to get a little higher, and in Vermont even taller, adding difficulty to the hiking, but also making it more interesting and scenic. The mountains up here also tend to be steeper than in the south, not taller, but very challenging, and they only get tougher, much tougher, moving into New Hampshire and southern Maine. I can't wait!

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Easy, Greasy

"Just walk man, and camp wherever. Plans are for city life." -FatMan (Whiteblazer)

 

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