“And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy, and your eyes sparkling” - Shanti ❤️🐶🐾
Started today with an early morning outdoor swim and ended it riding the trails in the sun with my best friend. Really couldn’t ask for anything more to make this day better... except for maybe a shower❤️🐾🐶
Long Trail Day 20 (10.6 miles)
These 2 photos are taken on the same mountain within a few hours of each other. The first is the North face, the second one the south face.
After almost 2 full days of no hiking, we are rested and overfed. We immediately begin ascending Killington Peak, the second highest mountain in Vermont. The ground is covered in 4 inches of snow and it doesn't take long for my shoes to soak through.
The summit is located along a steap spur trail that includes a slippery rock scramble. I am informed by other hikers that there is no view today and the trail is sketchy so I elect to skip it.
We're back to hiking alone and the sun is shining and it's not too cold. Dobby stays leashed, though I let it drag along the ground, because there are reports of porcupines in the area and I don't doubt he would try to eat one.
We stop at Governor Clement shelter and make a fire in the shelter's fireplace just so I can prove to myself I can make one.
I start to set up camp when a male hiker, Diggory, comes into camp. Soon he is followed by Stokes and Soups. They are AT flip-floppers trying to make it back to Virginia before winter. I feel like I'm meeting celebrities.
They form a circle with their tents and I buck up the courage to ask if I can join them. We make a nice little tent city and are joined after dark by the fourth person in their party, Canary. I'm able to move my tent over enough for her to join the circle.
I fall asleep to the sound of Stokes reading one of the final chapters from Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone aloud. I think I've found my people.