Day 11 Long Trail

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Day 11 Long Trail
Cooper Lodge to Long Trail Inn 6 miles

“Nature reaches out to us with welcoming arms and bids us enjoy her beauty; but we dread her silence and rush into the crowded cities, there to huddle like sheep fleeing from a ferocious wolf”- Kahil Gibran

Weather report for today!—>HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE -Killington
WIDESPREAD RAINFALL EVENT TO THE NORTH COUNTRY THROUGH TONIGHT. AT THIS TIME IT LOOKS AS THOUGH THE HEAVIEST PRECIPITATION WILL FALL ACROSS VERMONT WHERE 1 TO 2 INCHES OF RAINFALL IS EXPECTED. WHILE MAIN-STEM RIVER LEVELS ARE LIKELY TO RISE…NO MAJOR RIVER FLOODING IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME. HOWEVER…EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM ANY HEAVY RAINFALL MAY CAUSE ELEVATED LEVELS ON SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS…ALONG WITH PONDING OF WATER ON COUNTRY ROADS AND FARMLAND ALONG THE BANKS OF CREEKS AND STREAMS.
It should of also have read “Hikers are advised that the name of the Long Trail will be changed to the Long Pond and River Trail, as all depressions in the footpath will be filled with what may be 6″ of ‘black water’, and that elevation drops will carry that water downhill in volumes so copious that even the experienced backpacker will slop away the day in personal levels of misery embracement. ”
Yep. For the 6 miles that the trail descended to our destination here at Sherburn Pass I walked through rain so copious that it might have been a personal record. Certainly it didn’t rain as hard on the AT or PCT hikes.
But my gear was not wet when I pulled it out of my backpack at the Long Trail Inn. I had placed things in extra plastic bags, pushed them deep into a plastic trash compactor bag that liked my pack and then covered the whole thing with my pack cover.
My boots are a whole different story. They are completely saturated and caked with mud, sitting on the floor here in our room. They will likely be that way in the morning. Water ran down my legs and eventually filled the boots, which were persistently attacked by the deep puddles, and streams that I walked through.
But a clean dry room, a shower, a fresh wash and drying of clothes turned things around. That and McGrath’s Irish pub here at the Inn. The pub was the first to bring Guinness on draft in Vermont, and continues to sell the most. I had a Vermont Black and Tan, which was made of Long Trail Ale and Guinness this afternoon, and later a Guinness with my Reuben sandwich.
I’ve included a photo of the interior of the pub, which illustrates another feature, a section of ledge from the outcropping that serves as the foundation of the building. Definitely a super friendly hiker haven.

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About tjamrog

I'm sixty-seven and live in the Maine woods. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2007, the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010, Vermont's Long Trail in 2011, and the Continental Divide Trail in 2013 . I am outdoors every day. I offer guided backpacking trips and classes in Maine, through "Uncle Tom's Guided Adventures".
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4 Responses to Day 11 Long Trail

  1. M M Jamrog says:

    You know, I would love to have had some time with you in that pub, all warm and dry and content. I don’t miss plodding through the mire to get there, however! We will have to take a coupla days in the high country, say, the Whites somewhere, and enjoy bare rock and cool breezes up high. Maybe the Gorham loop?? Who knows. kiss kiss, hug hug, xoxo Mame

  2. Susan Mahony says:

    Hillary (Duff) rebuilt the rock steps in the trail coming down the north side of the Killington summit with her Vermont Youth Conservation Corps crew when she was in High School. Further down, on the re-routed section on Pico, if you went that way to the lower parking lot, you stepped on a large flat quartz stone slab that she found in the woods and placed with her crew during that same summer. It was nicknamed the “Hillary Step” by her crew leader.

    I do hope the rain calms down. I am looking forward to connecting on Aug. 18 at Middlebury Gap, if all goes well.
    Susan

  3. Clarkie says:

    PARTY ON, Dudes!

  4. Jan says:

    Bet that Inn feels good! Can’t say as I miss the last few days on the trail much…but love reading the entries. Thanks for writing, UT.
    V8

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