Upper Goose Pond and Dalton, MA

Sunny day in MA

Woke up at the retreat center this morning incredibly glad to be bug free, but we knew it couldn’t last. So we headed out the door and back to the trail. The day surprised us though. The storms that came through last night must have brought some different weather with them because today was all sun and a hearty breeze. The timing couldn’t have been better either as we spent about a quarter of today walking on log bridges in swampy areas. The sunny weather had me in a wonderful mood, but I couldn’t help cringing at the idea of what walking through those bogs would have been like in the hot stagnant air that so often sits over Massachusetts in the summer. It was wonderful to actually enjoy the mountains today. When the weather is sunny and breezy like it was today I just can’t think of a better place to be. Continue reading

An Unexpected Retreat From Mosquitoes

Shays rebellion wide

mosquitoes were swarming so badly this morning that the idea of sitting still outside the protection of our tent long enough to eat breakfast was not going to happen. Instead we decided to pack up as quickly as possible and hike a mile or so to the top of Mt. Everett and eat there. Continue reading

Mosquitoes, Mosquitoes, Mosquitoes, Oh and Massachusetts

Mt. Renier

We had been talking with our friend Whiteout about a mosquito kill count, where you keep track of how many mosquitoes you kill by the number of them you swat and then actually see the carcass. Using these rules we decided to start keeping track of how many we were killing. I made it to 100 mosquitoes squished in our first hour and a half of hiking, and Forge made it to 100 killed mosquitoes with another half hour. So between the two of us we killed over 200 mosquitoes in our first two hours of hiking today. Continue reading

Thunderstorms and Kind Strangers to the Rescue

Stormy skies above Palmerton

We got a much later start on the trail than we intended to, and then decided to take long lunch break in a sunny spot to let our shoes and socks dry from yesterday’s soaking. It was quite nice to have much drier feet after lunch and we were glad to have a chance to just sit and talk for a while. Continue reading

A Day Of Delicious Interruptions

Ladder on the AT

We did manage to make the miles we had hoped to this morning, but it was a day of many delicious interruptions. Through Lost-and-Found we heard about a farm stand about a hundred yards off the trail at one of the road crossings for the day. It doesn’t take much convincing to get Forge to walk an extra hundred yards if there is the chance of baked goods at the other end, so we decided to head over for a mid-morning snack. It turned into a much longer break than we had planned, but it was a nice chance to let our wet shoes and socks dry in the hot sun while we enjoyed a huge blueberry Danish and fresh peaches. Continue reading