Today was a short day of hiking. After resting up from the previous day, I had quite a bit of regrouping to do. I had to make a trip to the store, deal with some car repairs, and do a little bookkeeping. Before I knew it it was mid afternoon and I was slightly panicked (and depressed) that there wouldn't be enough daylight to get any miles in today. Right before tossing in the towel and calling it another rest day, I realized a way to avoid a total loss. I decided to "slack pack" the five mile section from Jonesville to the Bolton Notch Road. This way I'd at least get some miles logged. And when Liz picked me up we decided to eat out again. This time we upgraded to the Kitchen Table Bistro. I wasn't sure they would let me in, but they did. It was delicious.
One neat thing about today's hike was the vantage point I had to look back at Bamforth Ridge, the six mile decent from Camel's Hump. This photo shows Camel's Hump (on the right) with the ridge line running left (north) toward the Winooski River Valley. Yes, I hiked that sucker, and it was only 1/3 of the distance I covered yesterday!
Well, tomorrow I get serious again, strap on the heavy pack, and cover some big miles. It will be mostly uphill. First Bolton Mountain, than on to Mount Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak. I'll probably cross the top of Mansfield sometime on Friday if everything goes as expected.
Check down the blog for a few new photos. I back posted these entries so the time stamp would correspond to when the photo was taken.