Does this bridge look familiar? For those of you who have not seen it
during the different seasons, it is our “Bridge to Somewhere,”
the “somewhere" being our house across the creek.
Well, my husband is about to leave to hike that part of the Long Trail though Vermont to the Canadian border that he did not hike when he did the Appalachian Trail 10 years ago. Today I carried his pack downstairs to weigh it...16.6 lbs without his sleeping pad and 17.8 lbs with it. NO tent! No passport! I carried it out to the bridge, shot these pictures and uploaded them SOOC. We leave to drive to Lynchburg, VA, Tuesday night, and he leaves on Antrak at 5:00 AM Wednesday...crunch day for him and for our government....I sure hope he does a better job of hiking than our elected officials have been doing for us. He will be gone 3 weeks. I will be posting photos from his hike as he sends them to me on his new iPhone.
Here it is... all 17.8 lbs sitting on the bridge...and he still has stuff to put in it.
He’s 5’5” and weighs only 135 lbs and still has to put in his food
for the first 4 days, odds and ends, water, water, water, and his Crocs.
Jack to Buddy: “Dad, are you REALLY going to leave me for 3 whole weeks?
How am I going to handle Mom for all of that time? I hope she
doesn’t forget to feed me because that has always been your job."
Buddy is definitely a Mountain Hard Wear ~ Leki man.
Before going back in the house, I just couldn’t resist shooting the pack
and his stick sitting there underneath the tree at the edge of the creek and bridge.