Yes, the photo was worth getting wet for. 

After a not so restful sleep in the van at a trailhead parking lot we were on the trail at 6:40am. Slack packing again this morning. Last time until Monday. No worries. I can handle it. Yesterday I carried my pack complete with winter gear water and water. I kept checking to see if something was missing because it felt so light. 

The trail has been very kind and gentle so far even with its initial slope out of the gate. It has been mostly a walk in the woods.  

 
Having a little snack break at a beautiful rock outcropping overlooking Rutland, VT airport.  

   
Batman hiked in to meet us. 

On our way out to the vehicle we crossed this cool suspension bridge. I had to wait for the guys to cross before I traversed. There was way too much movement and swing to the high bridge for my comfort. I barely had the nerve to pause in order to take a phot of the stream below. 

   
 After our quick break we disappeared into the forest and the trail showed us her not so nice side. It was steep and rocky but really fun. We climbed up through a gorge that was really pretty.   

On our left and right were huge rock faces that towered over us as we made up the rocky incline. 

After another few miles of hiking we only had 0.3 to go to meet up with Batman again and get all our gear and have lunch. We entered a small field and I just had to stop and get a picture of the approaching storm clouds.  

 
Yes, the photo was worth getting wet for. 75 yards from the van the clouds dumped all their water and we were drenched. If I hadn’t taken the time to play Ansel Adams we would be dry right now. 

The homemade butternut squash at a local hometown store wouldn’t taste nearly as wonderful if I was dry and warm.  

 
This old time country store which opened in 1865 has all the appeal and charm as the store on Little House on the Praire.  

3.9 miles to go before we are at our home away from home for the night. 
Happy Hiking

Emily M. Leonard

About Emily M. Leonard

I am a 50 year old Maine native and lover of the outdoors. Former Physical Education teacher and soccer coach. I am Married to the best husband ever and gave up teaching and coaching to raise our two wonderful sons. I have always enjoyed being outside and on the go.