Saturday, June 18, 2011

Day 1: Lucy's at the Lookout

Well, the boyfriend was off to an Eddie Vedder conert in Providence, RI for a few days, so I took the opportunity to set out on my first solo backpacking mission - ever.

It did not start out as I expected...we crossed over an electrical fence and were escorted through the pasture by a herd of cows. The group of 10-15 cows had been relaxing in the sun about 20 feet away from the trail saw Vespi & I walking by. Without taking their eyes from us, they immediatly rose and briskly fell into pace behind us. It was a very intense walk through the cow field.

And we walked...

...and walked...

...and walked...

Did I mention the bugs? For some reason I like to go hiking during bug season. When I started hiking in Vermont, The back of my neck looked like a chew toy when I got home. Now, I take a fern and put it underneath my ponytail...NO BITES!!

And, since it was wicked humid and in the 70s, I was completely drenched in sweat - even with a full canopy of shade! Sweat was dripping off my elbows, which made the bugs extremely happy. Perhaps I need some fern elbow bracelets...

It took only 7 miles to reach Lucy's Lookout, a fully enclosed shelter with a brick chimney and a great view of the green mountains!! My first view of the day - Vespi wasn't about to climb these stairs :)

A little private time for me :)

And a little private time for Vespi :)

Dinner (both nights) consisted of red quinoa, roasted soynuts & sun-dried tomato. Sprinkle a little cajun spices on there and you have a protein packed meal perfect for backpacking :)

When the bugs went to bed after sunset, Vespi & I headed out for a few more miles before finding a flat spot a little ways off the trail perfect for pitching the tent. We both fell right asleep.

See you on the Mountain,
FemaleSkiBum :)

Location:The Lookout, Appalachian Trail, VT

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