After several years spent reading books and trail journals about thru-hiking and a lifetime spent camping and backpacking, I'm finally heading out to tackle a long(ish)-distance hike. Not quite ready for the thousands of miles on the Pacific Crest or Appalachian Trails, I'm starting with the trek that inspired the AT: the Long Trail. Stretching 273 miles across Vermont, from the Canadian border to Massachusetts, the LT was the first long distance trail in the US. I'll be taking the next month to wend my way southbound on it, through the Green Mountains, and finishing up at Mount Greylock in the Berkshires.
"Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from."
Terry Tempest Williams
Today my sister and I are heading up to a B&B in Vermont, and tomorrow morning she'll drop me at the trailhead for the northern terminus. I'm excited for this departure into nature, and I've intentionally set myself a slow pace to give me plenty of time to savor solitude in the woods. I've never spent more than 3 or 4 nights backpacking before, and this is going to be a whole new experience.
It'll be strange and difficult not to have constant contact with my loved ones for the next month, but I am happy for the forced break from my phone and computer. It's so easy to spend too much time on social media, Netflix, and Wikipedia rabbit holes, and having to go cold turkey from technology is a welcome challenge. Overstimulation has come to feel like the norm, and I'm ready to have little more than nature to entertain me.
I'm sure I'll have much to share about my hike, and while I'll probably check in on IG when I go into town to resupply, I won't be posting on here until the end of September. So in the meantime here's a month-size dose of love and light from the mountains, and I hope that you enjoy the last lovely days of summer!