Saturday, August 13, 2011

Daily Photos ~ 8-13-11 ~ Shadow Shot Sunday ~ Update on Bud’s Hike

(I am assuming this sign meant to stop in for a drink and food before starting on our hike.)

Not having ever been to this area, and not knowing a thing about reading a hikers’s guide book and maps, the best I can do is post these unbelievable photos with little bits of info Buddy gives me over the home. I jot down what he is saying on post-its, and then I do back and try my best to put it all together so it makes some semblance of sense to me and all of you who have so faithfully followed his hike. I cannot begin to tell each one of you what your kind thoughts and words have meant to both of us...a wonderful extended family is what y’all have been. I can tell you without any hesitation he is loving every second of his hike no matter how difficult it has been, and his iPhone and the wonderful Vermont people who have hauled his pack about for him have been his saviors. He tells me these wonderful  folk are truly the salt of the earth. Most will take no money...they only ask that he make a contribution the the Green Mountain Fund for the care of the Long Trail. This is that good part of America we so seldom get to hear about.

Taft Lodge at Mount Mansfield ~ approximately 4,300 feet...the Lodge is a bit lower in elevation

Clouds atop Mount Mansfield

Taft Lodge about 1/2 mile from summit of Mount Mansfield

Bring on the winter gear.....
Priority Mail my fleece and wool cap ASAP. I am really getting cold.

Update for Saturday, August 13, 2001

Thank heavens for the ladders....a lot of rebar was used in many of them. Buddy was SO thankful all he had on him was his daypack + his 2 hiking sticks. He said there were lots more of these ladders than he would ever have imagined. Thanks goodness these ups and downs  are behind him...Oh, Hallelulujah!

All I want for Sunday is to get it better than today...sept by step, one by one...

...and there were plants and rocks, and birds, and things....

The Blair Witch, maybe????????

Looking back at Mount Mansfield 

Just another beautiful Saturday view...

...and another beautiful Saturday view...
...and one final beautiful Saturday view...

I think that after tonight he will be back out of range and staying in the lean-to shelters on the trail, but I will keep you posted on his progress when he is able to send photos. He did tell me he was about 80 miles from the Canadian border, but in terms of walking he has another week. He hopes to finish next Monday and then have the rest of that week to take day hikes from Killington, VT, and possibly go into Canada for a day and night. Thank goodness the old passport is in the backpack! I really do want him to come back home.Many. many thanks to all of you who have been following him and sending such wonderful words of encouragement. 

This post is linked with Shadow Shot Sunday, and once again, the photos were all taken with Buddy’s iPhone, SOOC, while hiking the Long Trail from Vermont to the Canadian Border.


  1. ha ha! you just HAD to throw in one more dig about saving his butt with the passport. :)

  2. Your pictures are so beautiful -- I feel like I'm there with you.

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  4. What a hike!
    Yes, it's getting chilly here in the northeast... Still, in the afternoon, it was hot and sticky yesterday, but the evenings ~ rather cool.
    I like the relief though!
    ~happy hiking~

  5. What great terrain... Really fun to see the pics of this major hike!

  6. Beautiful scenery, Genie. What an awesome opportunity. :)

  7. Your photos is making me want to go for a hike. I miss the times when we were in Korea.

  8. wow, you've gotten lots of good details and photos here Genie. I'm in awe of how you've put this all together for us to see and just take in the beauty. these photos are fantastic, sometimes I feel like I'm hiking right with Buddy and I find myself dreaming of making this hike myself. my brother-in-law has hiked the entire trail and now Buddy will be able to say that himself after next week. there's something so fulfilling and joyful about hiking, and I'm feeling it from Buddy's pics that he's sending back. I so wish we could sit together around the dining room table or out on the porch when he gets back, and listen and talk about this wonderful adventure of his. and yours too! this has given me great joy. thanks for sharing Genie. I hope this coming week is relaxing and peaceful for you. just have fun! take good care my friend. {{{hugs}}}

  9. Fifty years ago--heck, even 25!--a photo story such as this just wouldn't have been possible. Oh, the wonders of cell phones!


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    How high would they go?
    As high as the moon?
    Does anyone know?

    If shadows could weep,
    How long would they cry?
    As long as it takes
    To climb to the sky?

    If shadows could laugh
    And tell funny jokes
    Would you take them home
    And say, “Get this, folks!”?

    If shadows could wed,
    Would they prefer you
    Or somebody else
    To promise, “I do”?

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  10. At least he is surrounded by beauty!

  11. Hi Genie, this is really beautiful. Does Bud do the hiking alone? This lodge, can anybody visit this not just the hikers?