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Podunk Rd to Happy Hill Shelter, Norwich Vermont Appalachian Trail

Last week was an off week for me... Sluggishness this morning also had me thinking BUT, I was able to hit the road. Lucky me, Podunk Rd is not that far from my house. Up before the sun, I land at the AT crossing around 8am. It's a very small, only room for my car, pull off at the corner of Podunk and Tigertown. The AT blaze is very easy to spot and I am off into the forest. It's chilly and a little drizzley out there today but there is no snow in the area.


There are a lot of leaves down, now that it's almost November. I think this made it slicker than snow in some places on some of the down hills. I fell twice but, no injury resulted. Isis was having a good time sniffing out chipmunks and mice as we walked. The trail goes over a few hills in this section but nothing to get winded on. There are also a few stream crossings and with recent rains they are flowing but still small enough to hop over. Clouds are low and foggy which gives the forest an extra creepy feel. This clo…

Cloudland Rd to Thistle Hill Shelter/Joe Ranger Rd. Appalachian Trail Pomfret VT.

My pack was packed for a night on the AT. I even managed to get my zero degree bag in it without tipping the scale. I was hoping to cover miles from Stoney Brook Rd to Wintturi Shelter... Closing a gap and staying the night at The Look Out. BUT, my access point on Stoney Brook Rd was not to be found. It went all the way down from a paved road to a snowmobile/ATV track... Not interested in trying to find a crossing in unfamiliar territory, I went to plan B on another access road. Not going to happen... Same story. This was not my morning. So, I headed to Pomfret VT and Cloudland Rd. I'd hike a few miles towards Hanover NH instead and maybe stay at Thistle Hill Shelter. 

After battling road construction and Leaf Peepers, I made it to Cloudland Rd crossing and after talking to the people at Cloudland Market, I found a pull off to park in. It's small. Barely room for 2 cars... As I am getting ready, another car shows up and the lot is full... We are going in opposite directions (…

Stage Rd to Wintturi Shelter AT SOBO in Woodstock Vermont

What was I suppose to do since my chores were done and the cold I had earlier in the week succumbed to my drowning it in fluids and electrolytes? Knocking off more miles on the AT in Vermont, of course. I headed back to Stage Rd in Woodstock Vermont to start a SoBo trek to Wintturi shelter. A modest 5.4 mile hike (one way) with a few surprises along the way. The morning starts chilly after crossing the road from a small parking area and climbing up a steep incline. I'm traveling through some decent hardwoods at first and the sun is starting to burn through the fog. Feeling good today so, I am hopeful for a successful trip. 


Isis and I then crossed through a pine forest and out into some open fields. I looked across and saw a decent undercast in the valley below. I smiled and thought about all the undercasts on the high peaks I have seen and here I am looking at something really beautiful without all the elevation gain. I am so lucky sometimes. Once we cross back into the woods, w…

Stage Rd to Dupris Hill Northbound AT in Woodstock VT.

Today was about walking. Not about time or miles, not about being the fastest or the slowest, it's just walking. I skipped up to Stage Rd in Woodstock VT because there is a shelter in the section before hand that I want to do an overnight in (The Look Out). So, I will flip back and tie up that loose end later. Today, it's raining but not enough to really be concerning. We need the rain so, I am far from complaining. I tossed on my rain shell and Isis and I got on trail after pulling off on Stage Rd in Woodstock VT. There's only room for about 2 cars here and as my luck would have it, I'm the second car. Crossing the foot bridge, we are on our way...



Almost immediately after the foot bridge, we begin crossing huge open fields with borders of foliage. The weather seems to enhance the colors.The trail here is pretty easy but it's not flat. There is some climbing today at a low elevation. We walk back into the woods after crossing a road and continue to gain a small a…