Ridgerunner Weekend #3 – Schaghticoke and Algo

This past weekend was another glorious one out on the trail. The weather was perfect for one thing. Never got too hot or humid, it was about 60 and dry and breezy at night, about 79-81 during the day. I hiked with my new ridgerunner friend again on Saturday and two of my friends from the AMC also joined me to hike on Sunday (one overnighted at Algo too) and we met lots and lots of great hikers. We found one thru hiker’s tent that dropped from his pack and reunited him with it, cut a blowdown, saw a few lizards, a scarlet tanager and a garter snake. I didn’t see but smelled (I’m sure of it!) rattlers in two spots on a mountain famous for rattlesnakes and almost convinced my friends to re-name me snake-smeller. I sadly saw the extent of the recent fire damage on the mountain, and got to push myself through one of the toughest sections of the whole state, twice. My friend from the Bull’s Bridge task force treated me to some BBQ when we got off trail, and I got to dip my sore feet in the Housatonic at the end of the hike.  I’m off for the next few weeks for a few family-scheduled events but will be back on trail in the beginning of August. I hope you’re not minding the new short format too much; I will try and write longer entries from time to time when such luxuries are available! This section was shorter than last weekend but much more strenuous as a whole.

Meanwhile, enjoy the photos!

Lizard life

Lizard life

Ridgerunning Pals

Ridgerunning Pals

Sunrise at Algo

Sunrise at Algo

Red Eft sighting finally

Red Eft sighting finally

Blowdown work

Blowdown work

View east from Schaghticoke Mtn

View east from Schaghticoke Mtn

View from Indian Rocks

View from Indian Rocks

Coral fungus

Coral fungus

Chilly Cheeks on Schaghticoke Mtn

Chilly Cheeks on Schaghticoke Mtn

Linus and Brian on the state line!

Linus and Brian on the state line!

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Blueberries!

Blueberries!

Weekend miles total: 14

– Linus

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A Day in the Life of a Trail Patroller: Algo Shelter to Skiff Mountain Road

 

Algo shelter

Algo shelter

Last weekend I was back out on a volunteer hike, and certainly pleased to have the milder weather conditions. It really didn’t get over 85 degrees, and in the shady spots it felt considerably cooler. I had a good share of uphills though which did warm me up a bit more.

I always like to check out campsites and shelters when I can because usually those are the areas that need addressing most, both in terms of cleanups and hikers with potential questions. So in this case this meant I had an added steep-ish jaunt southbound to the Algo shelter before covering the area north of here that I wanted to.  It’s only .6 up to the shelter, but its a good pitch, and one that definitely gets the heart pumping. Nothing too crazy, though.

Stupid rule? Discuss

Stupid rule? Discuss

I parked on route 341 at the bottom of Mt. Algo, and popped on my new trail runners and my new REI Trail 25 pack (watch that gear review video here). I was eyeing a bunch of Deuter, Osprey and Marmot day packs because the one I have is just too small at 18 liters to handle all my gear I tote along and that which I need to pack out. I went into REI the night before this hike and tried on a whole bunch of them. Many nice packs, but many were also expensive, and a lot more bells and whistles than I needed. I was also not nuts about the trekking pole loops on all the ones I tried.

Then I remembered the new Trail line of packs REI made, because I bought my daughter the 40 liter model for her first overnight pack. Besides all the great storage compartments, one feature that really impressed me were the trekking pole attachments. I fell in love with the system on this pack, and at $70 for a roomy 25 liters of space, I was sold. I took it on its maiden voyage on this morning and I’m very happy with the purchase. As I mentioned above you can click the link to see a video review.

Country turnstiles

Country turnstiles

I grabbed my trekking poles and hit the trail. I debated doing this part of trail at the end of the hike but if I had any chance of meeting hikers at the campsite it would be in the morning. Luckily the shelter is only about 1/3 of the way up to the summit. I did the whole climb a few weeks ago and its quite a workout. But luckily it wasn’t 100% humidity or nearly that this time. I was literally pouring sweat that morning! I hope this heatwave continues to break, it’s been rough.

Bridge over Macedonia Brook

Bridge over Macedonia Brook

I arrived at the shelter side trail and the water source there was completely dry. To be honest this came as little surprise to me. But of course it’s bad news to anyone staying there. The next source is either back down the hill and .8 more miles down the road into town, or up over the summit of Mt. Algo and down to Thayer Brook, a regularly reliable brook in the saddle between Mt Algo and Schaghticoke Mountain. This dry water source is something I report to the trail managers so they can post it on various sites like Whiteblaze, so more hikers are prepared if camping there for the night. There were no hikers here this morning when I arrived.

Jewel Weed - good for bites!

Jewel Weed – good for bites!

I then did my routine look around, and cleaned up trash and forgotten clothing I found in a few campsites. There was some food left in ziplocs and some duct tape left in the shelter which I packed out. I have to do this because while it seems like a nice gesture, this will attract animals and habituate them to the area if they think they can regularly find food left here. This becomes dangerous to humans, and affects animals’ natural instinct to hunt for their food so it becomes dangerous for them as well. So that nice gesture causes more harm than good, and you should always pack out what you don’t finish. While the duct tape won’t attract any animals per se, It’s still not leave no trace to leave things in a shelter. Wait for the next town or shelter with a hiker box and leave it there.

Linus at Fuller Mtn overlook

Linus at Fuller Mtn overlook

I checked the privy which was nice and clean. And nobody had thankfully made any fires I had to clean up. THANK YOU for following the rules and keeping our campsite beautiful. Which brings me to what I found written on the register. You can look at the photo above to see it in detail. Now I know there are many who feel this way, but I think it’s even more an example of how entitled some new hikers have become that they would deface the cover of the register to say what they think about our rules. Its these rules that keep our campsites free of trash, scorched landscapes, and brush fires, of which we’ve had several. I ended this hike at the site of the most recent one from late May. The scorched tree bottoms and deadfall were still scattered everywhere.

AMC trail work stairs

AMC trail work stairs

While some new growth is coming in, and it will eventually recover, this was not a planned burn. This was a stealth camper who made a fire and it got out of control. I hope that when people walk through here and see this they understand and respect the potential for disaster if they break the rules anywhere they see fit. Anyone who’s been to the Riga Shelter lately, or had been to the cabin on Silver Hill before it was destroyed by an out of control fire might appreciate this more.  But its a sad state of affairs when people feel the need to do graffiti and mock rules that are there for a reason. Connecticut is only 53 miles of trail. Any seasoned thru hiker can make it through in under 3 days. I don’t really think they are the culprits here though because most of them don’t really care about fires at the end of a long day. Too much effort. I think it’s more locals and weekenders. And the register is a place to leave positive thoughts and reflections and communicate with your fellow trailmates.

Real or fake?

Real or fake?

I headed back down to the car and put the trash and other items in the car, then headed across the street, over the turnstile and into the meadows below Fuller Mountain.  I enjoyed the same bucolic views of the Mountains on all sides, and the wildflowers along Macedonia Brook, which you cross on a log bridge. The trail then heads quickly and steeply up the south side of Fuller Mountain. We did this section a few years ago and I don’t remember it being quite so steep. There’s a lot of great stairs our trail crews have made, and fortunately unlike the New York section we did the previous weekend, the trail goes around the cliff walls.

Rocky trail

Rocky trail

But there’s quite a large amount of rock here and dramatic cliffs next to the trail. I startled the first of three garter snakes here. And I did pass a SOBO through hiker and informed him of the dry water source at Algo, and to go ahead onto Thayer Brook if he needed to refill. As I made my way to the top I took several breaks to catch my breath and take in the dramatic landscape. This climb would likely have been easier had I not just done Mt. Algo.

It eventually levels out on the shoulder of Fuller Mountain, just past a large glacial erratic known as Glacier Rock. This rock is a bit off the trail but you can see it when it’s not as leafed out. I took in the first nice viewpoint a bit farther up the trail, which faces east to the Kent valley below.

1 of 3 snakes todayFrom here the trail climbs a bit higher up to the peak of Fuller Mountain, and then down into a ravine before skirting the side of Pond Mountain, which I believe the original trail used to go over to get here from its former route in Macedonia Brook State Park. There was a small stream in that ravine but it too was completely dry. There is one more viewpoint here so I stopped for a quick break and then headed for the road crossing at Skiff Mountain Road. They have been working on new steps north of the road and I thought they were going to be out there today but got the dates mixed up. There was a small stream just before the road and that was actually running enough and clearly to be a good water source. A source this size can dry up quickly in continued heat though, so please rely on more permanent sources listed in your guides.

Fuller Mountain vista

Fuller Mountain vista

There was also a flat area here which we brushed in as people were using it as a stealth site. Many years ago when Fielden Stream and I came through here we saw an open, empty tent surrounded by large empty liquor bottles. Clearly a squatter of some sort. I debated filling up at the stream but I had enough to get me up to the brush fire site and back without issue. I also saw a pair of northbound section hikers here who were headed up to Caesar Brook campsite, many miles ahead.

Brush fire remnants

Brush fire remnants

I crossed the road and ascended the beautiful new steps and arrived at the brush fire site. As I talked about it above and in the previous entry I won’t go on about it anymore. But please take away what the lesson is when you see the results. As Smokey says, “only you can prevent forest fires.”

At this time I decided there was not enough time to go up to Caleb’s peak for that last view. I had to be back home in a few hours and had to go all the way back first. As thru hiker volume was low and so were day hikers this day, there was no reason to go up except for the view (though it is nice!)

More rock walls!

More rock walls!

I made my way back and passed a few day hikers heading up to the Ledges, who had some questions about the ’96 stairs’. I told them it was totally doable, even fun, and not to worry , to just take their time.  I made it back to the car pretty quickly, in one go of it. Though I did quickly pause to admire the views again on the way down. It was time to head home, but I knew I’d be out again the following weekend, so that always makes it easier on the soul. I get withdrawal pretty quickly once I’m off trail.

I also made another video, where I address some of these same issues I encountered as part of my duties. The sound gets a little noisy at times, I’m still working on that. But I thought it would be good to have a visual component to my blog entries when I can. I also made the short gear review on this hike.

Mt Algo from the north

Mt Algo from the north

… It’s now Saturday morning of Labor Day weekend, and I’ve been packing most of the night for an overnight with Fielden Stream and both kids, which I am super excited about. I know there will be complaining, but I know it will be something they cherish when its all said and done. The forecast looks great, and I look forward to my daughter seeing what backpacking is like, and how I help hikers out there in camp and on the trail. We leave in a few hours so I better get back to preparations. I’ll report back on it next week!

Miles: 7.7

— Linus

A Day in the Life of a Trail Patroller: Mt Algo and Bulls Bridge

Misty trail at Rt 341

Misty trail at Rt 341

Last weekend I was back up in the Kent area for another patrol hike, and for a special meeting of trail minds. Several years ago the AMC, with the support of local town officials, created a group called the Bulls Bridge task force. They monitor the historic Bulls bridge area and keep the parties out, the trails and riverbanks clean, and the people safe. Lately, larger and larger groups are attempting to come in to the area fully loaded with picnic coolers, alcohol, BBQ gear, and more. It’s not a state park and there are no bathrooms, or lifeguards, or janitors to clean up. It is a very beautiful area though so locals from near and far like to visit. This area is just .2 miles off the A.T. and while most of these big crowds aren’t coming to hike the A.T., many A.T. hikers also use the side trail through here as a shortcut to access the amenities on the road across the river. So our AMC chapter helps maintain and protect this spot as well due to its proximity to the A.T.

Algo Shelter

Algo Shelter

They invited me to join the meeting so I could see how the park service works with us, the towns and other maintaining clubs to keep the trail and adjacent properties safe. The special meeting the task force was having on this day was with the NPS ranger in charge of the A.T., and the first selectman from Kent, to address the current issues and come up with additional strategies to keep the increasing numbers of visitors manageable. I stopped by on the way to my hike to confirm the meeting time and say hello, then headed up to the trail crossing on rt 341. I passed many thru hikers walking into town to resupply, as well as several others down by the bridge when I stopped in.

I wanted to check in at Mt. Algo shelter and see what condition the water source was in there, as well as at Thayer Brook.

The Green Tunnel

The Green Tunnel

At last I heard the Algo brook was dry, but we had a lot of rain lately, and so I was hoping it had helped. Its a fairly steep 1,000ft climb up Algo, but I had a New York section to do the following weekend with Fielden Stream with a feature called “Agony Grind,” so it seemed like a little warm-up thigh-burner was in order. The shelter is about .6 up the trail from the road, or about halfway to the summit. The brook is on the side trail from the A.T. to the shelter, and I was happy to see it was running again. There were several hikers in the shelter packing up. There were 2 northbound and 2 southbound hikers. I asked them if they had any questions on town or trail resources ahead, and gladly answered them and enjoyed a brief chat about the weather and trail conditions ahead and behind. There were no fire rings to clear, so I swept the privy and signed the register. I was looking for some of the hikers I was following on YouTube but while I didn’t see them, I did see Vino’s name, who found Ninja Roll’s phone for him in Virginia. So that was kinda cool.

Thayer Brook

Thayer Brook

It was steamy and sweltering hot this morning – the air was not moving at all. I was soaked with sweat by the time I got to the summit, so I cruised quickly down the other side to the gap where Thayer Brook sits between Mt. Algo and Schaghticoke Mountain. I took off my pack and cooled off and had a snack. Thayer brook was running strongly, as I suspected. I dipped my hat in the cold water of the brook before I started up again, which helped cool me down. As I left the brook to return towards my car I heard a very loud branch snap down the brook, and went into paranoia mode. All these stories of big predators in the woods by the trail lately, and my mind got the best of me. I made double time back up to the summit, and then even faster on the way down. I heard more branches snapping on the way down and imagined I was being stalked by a bear or panther!

Love on the Rocks

Love on the Rocks

I need to stop reading so much trail gossip on the forums… soon I had a nobo thru hiker right behind me, who was very possibly responsible for the noises behind me I let freak me out.  He made me laugh because not only did I realize he was probably the bear or panther, but he also said the southbounders who passed him earlier said the shelter was much closer, and I said hey well you’re here now, and there’s water! I said goodbye as he went down the shelter path and got to my car soon after. I was relieved to be back in the car and cooling off in the air conditioning. I drove down the dirt road that parallels Schaghticoke mountain back to the Bulls bridge. I passed a few more thru-hikers making their way up the section of trail that is on the road.

Yours Truly with the Bulls Bridge crew and Ranger

Yours Truly with the Bulls Bridge crew and Ranger

It was great to meet the ranger and hear his vast knowledge of all things trail and his ideas and suggestions to help the group manage the surging number of visitors to the area.  I felt privileged to be part of a meeting with such dedicated volunteers and our counterparts in the park service.  The next few weekends, Fielden Stream and I will be back in New York to work on finally finishing the state. We will do it in 2 or 3 more hikes, including some day hikes, especially on the treacherous rebar ladder up the cliff on what I think is Bellvale Mountain. I want to be going UP that, and with a daypack if I can have the choice!

Miles: 3.5

– Linus

Weekend volunteering and the first overnight of the season!

Trail cleanup last weekend

Trail cleanup last weekend

The last two weekends I got some great hikes in while also joining the rest of the trails committee for some spring trail work.

Last weekend we had our committee kickoff work party where we started the day by reviewing the accomplishments of the previous season and thanked all the volunteers involved in the various projects. I got these great work gloves with the club logo which I happily dirtied up a few hours later. We broke off into work projects for the day, and I headed up Schaghticoke mountain with 3 other volunteers to do some cleanup.

I recall this section being a big climb, especially when fully loaded for an overnight. Fielden Stream and I were forewarned of its difficulty earlier in the season we backpacked it in 2014, and put it off until later in the summer when we were a bit more warmed up. Luckily, the frequent reports of rattlesnakes sunning themselves on the rock outcrops were not an issue on our overnight that summer, but it was certainly on our minds. In fact, this mountain’s campsite was once named “Rattlesnake Campground” until being renamed due to it frightening campers. This is one of the toughest sections of the Connecticut trail, from either direction.

On the New York southern overlook of Schaghticoke Mtn

On the New York southern overlook of Schaghticoke Mtn

This mountain alone has multiple shoulders, peaks in two states, and many sharp ups and downs in between. This first ascent when heading northbound is a good 880ft climb from the road along the river to the first overlook, which is just after you cross into New York for one last short stretch in that state. Originally the trail entered Connecticut up on this summit so this was the true state line crossing. Nowadays it comes into Connecticut farther south, follows the river until this climb, re-enters New York for 2 miles and goes back into Connecticut for good. The ascent southbound of Schaghticoke is no less daunting as you first have a steep 700ft climb up Mt. Algo before another steep 5-600ft climb up the north side of Schaghticoke. In between it dips down to lower ridgelines and climbs again and again from end to end.

Along the Housatonic River

Along the Housatonic River

On the work hike last weekend, I didn’t have as tough a time as I was only carrying day hiking supplies and a light saw. We also brought up loppers and a few hoes (insert chuckle here). We cleaned up leaf buildup around waterbars, filled in areas of trail that had been widened by erosion and lots of hikers, and cleaned off any debris from stone steps where needed. The weather was pretty crappy when I arrived in the morning but fortunately by the time the meeting was over it was clearing and we got a nice view from the overlook and some great conditions for our hike back down. Afterwards, we had a short social gathering and a little more planning conversation before heading home.

Ten Mile Shelter

Ten Mile Shelter

Yesterday I headed back up this beast, and again with a fully loaded pack. I was out for an overnight trail patrol hike, to check out a few campsites and resolve any issues I could in the process. I drove up after work on Friday night and hit the trail at the base of this mountain at around 630 heading south. I arrived around 7 at the beautiful Ten Mile River Campground. It is set 1.8 miles south along the confluence of the Ten Mile and Housatonic rivers at the base of Ten Mile Hill. This is a very popular campground because of its idyllic locale and easy access from town. I was here a few months ago to check things out as well.

Livin' in a tent, down by the river

Livin’ in a tent, down by the river

There is also a shelter here so the first thing I did before setting up my camp was to check out the shelter and sign in to the register there. Again, there was a campfire site and burned logs lying alongside the shelter. I cleared and scattered these and left a nice note in the register asking folks to please not make a fire — it is prohibited here, for good reason.

I then headed to the campground where there was another, bigger, fire ring. As dark was falling, I set up my camp, hung my bear bag, and got dinner started. It was a very chilly night which explains why I was alone for the night.  Luckily I had my new down bag, and brought along my down jacket and both my foam and inflatable sleeping pads. I had my usual long johns baselayers and a fresh pair of socks for sleeping in. I had a ‘nice dinner’ of Mountain House Lasagna and settled in for the night.

View of Schaghticoke from the southern end

View of Schaghticoke from the southern end

These days I’m in bed by 9 anyway as work and parenting wear me out quick. I checked in with Fielden Stream who was enjoying a night in NYC with friends, a stark difference to my evening plans. I said goodnight to my kids and soon the rushing river lulled me to sleep. Nothing makes me sleep better and faster than water. Rivers or rain or both. It was so peaceful, and also has the benefit of masking any small critter sounds that may be perceived as much larger when alone in the woods!

My favorite 'blazes'

My favorite ‘blazes’

It got down to about 25 but I was pretty cozy and happy I was properly prepared for it. I woke around 6 to the sounds of my favorite owls — the barred owl! I have missed their songs for the last year so it was a fantastic wake up call. While I made my breakfast I cleaned some trash left in the privy compost bucket and cleared the fire ring as I was too short on time the night before and no one else had come in that would be tempted by it.  I am a fan of most of the Mountain House meals but the scrambled eggs and bacon one…. eh. I had to drain the excess water and it just reminded me of cheap reconstituted eggs at a motel buffet. Maybe a couple days out I’d be ok with that, but I wasn’t that desperate for eggs and bacon. The mini-moos from my office kitchen were a nice addition to my Starbucks Via, and helped wash down what I could eat of that meal. I cleaned everything out at the wash pit, packed up the tent and sleeping gear and hit the trail around 715. I knew I had a big day ahead of me. About 9-10 miles, depending on the side trail distances into the next two campgrounds. And at least 2,000ft of vertical over challenging terrain. I ended up being pretty accurate on those numbers.

Crossing back to CT at 1250ft

Crossing back to CT at 1250ft

The hike back north to where I had parked was a good warm up with great views of the peaks I would soon ascend. There’s not much vertical rise here as it follows the river, only a small hill or two. I made note of a blowdown overhanging the trail which wasn’t supported by a very strong tree and could be a hazard. Farther north just before the road, a vulture peered down at me from the tree tops but I told him I wasn’t dead yet and to check on me about 8 or 9 miles up the trail as I might be by then! I also got video of a woodpecker at work, who luckily didn’t think I posed a threat and went on about his business.

View northeast to Kent from Indian Rocks

View northeast to Kent from Indian Rocks

I dropped the bag of trash from the campsite in the car and headed up the beast. I admired our trail work from the weekend before as I huffed and puffed my way up to the overlook. I took a break there to re-secure my sloppily attached foam pad and have a snack while I took in the view. I met a day hiker out for an out-and-back hike, and who I would meet again several miles up trail on his way back. I headed north along the western ridge on the New York side and was treated to a northerly view to Macedonia and Cobble mountain that I did not have when we passed through here that summer due to the leaf cover. As stated earlier in my blog, I’m really enjoying getting these extended views for the first time by doing these sections in the winter, late fall and early spring.

Schaghticoke Mtn campground trail

Schaghticoke Mtn campground trail

The trail crossed back into Connecticut, introduced by a nice climb up to the eastern ridgeline of the mountain and the only section of the entire trail that goes through an Indian reservation. That is the Schaghticoke Indian reservation, where the mountain got its name. Their home is along the tidal plain of the river at the base of the mountain below. Here the trail crosses a rocky steep ledge known as Indian Rocks with sweeping views south and north of the Housatonic river and valley.

A royal throne with a view

A royal throne with a view

Its a quick little scramble which I was worried would be a bit icy like my tent poles that morning and some of the other rocks along the hike so far. One rock is a bit of a perilous slide if wet or icy so my main goal was getting past it before the possible (though slight) prediction of rain or snow flurries. Luckily it was dry and I snapped some photos of the bucolic scene below before venturing on. The rocks are at about 1,330 ft and are visible from the road below. I also like to point them out when driving by. From here the trail rises and drops along the eastern face, with equally steep climbs and descents and views from many ledges.

Many water sources along the mountain were rushing heavily with water, so I was not worried about finding a spot to fill my water should I run out. There were two large brooks I knew of on the route and they were no less active. I reached the mountain campground side trail around 11am and made the steep climb up along the rushing and cascading brook to look things over.

Is this New Hampshire?

Is this New Hampshire?

There were a few blowdowns that needed noting, and I also checked out the privy, one of only 2 or 3 exposed ‘throne’ style privies along the trail in our state. Another 12 or 13 have already been updated to the enclosed moldering privies we all love. While not having any cover, this one did have a view!

I remember around this time on our hike through here together a few summers ago, that Fielden and I were both feeling pretty tired by this point from all the ups and downs we didn’t seem to notice in the guide. We seemed to think we would only have one last small climb over Algo before we made it to the shelter for the night. I too, was feeling it here, but this time I knew better. There was one more huge climb up the higher peak this mountain holds in Connecticut. But the trail drops down along the ridge to about 850 feet just before its climb back up to 1400 ft. Its a hell of a climb with many false summits, though there were some more sweeping views including one of the Taconic plateau in the distance far beyond Kent. When I reached the top, I had a long break to have some fruit and energy gels and share my equally hellish climb story with Fielden Stream.

Thayer Brook

Thayer Brook

I had to be in Kent at 2 to see the amazing lady who trained me do a presentation on her 2004 thru hike. She’s now retired and planning a 2017 PCT thru hike! So I knew time was ticking and hauled butt down the steep north face across Thayer Brook to ascend Algo and make my final campsite check before reaching the end of the hike. The rocks coming down here reminded me of the white mountains, as the trail was just rocks. I considered filtering some water at the brook but I had a bit left and other than one last easy climb up Algo from this side, I decided that was unnecessary. There’s also a brook at that shelter a half mile north should I have been wrong. Unfortunately it was around here, just before the end, that I was hitting a wall. This was my first fully loaded hike of the year and despite having 60 miles of day hikes behind me since the new year, I was feeling it by this point and my leg muscles decided to start growling at me. I took another break before making it over the top of Algo and down through the amazing mountain laurel tunnels to the Algo shelter and brook. I met a backpacker there who was waiting out the cold a bit longer and we chatted briefly while I signed in at the register. I looked around the rest of the campsite for any other issues and then called my friend from the trails committee who was picking me up at the road on the way to the presentation. He saved me a mile-plus walk into town. After over 9 miles on the dirt, paved roads can be pretty brutal on the feet.

I'm lichen this tree

I’m lichen this tree

We had a nice lunch in town and then made it to the library for the sold out crowd. It was great to see such enthusiasm for her story, and we even got to be part of the presentation and talk about our roles in caring for the trail in Connecticut. We invited everyone to our volunteer event next month called “Give a Day to the Appalachian Trail” where you can volunteer alongside us to give back to the local section of the A.T. There were a few past thru-hikers in the audience, including one couple who were active members of the ALDHA, the Applachian Long-Distance Hikers Association, another great group who help care for the trail. They also provide all the information for the Connecticut section in the official Appalachian Trail guides.

I got home feeling fulfilled, satisfied, exhausted, and ready for the next adventure. I can’t do any hiking next weekend due to other commitments, but this hike was enough to hold me over and I am looking forward to my Wilderness First Aid training the following weekend, and then my and Fielden Stream’s first overnight together in New York.

I’d love to see you at Give-a-Day. Its free of course and snacks and refreshments will be provided at a social afterwards. Here’s the link.

Day 1 Miles: 1.8

Day 2 Miles: 9.2

— Linus