Peak: Mount Mansfield
Distance : ~6 miles R.T.
Coming to the end of a journey is always bittersweet. I want to tick off all the mountains on my bucket list, but Lord knows I love having a goal to chase.
Mount Mansfield was the final mountain of the Vermont high peaks that I had yet to summit. I’m sad to say that there’s not much to say about the hike. It was cold. It was wet. It was short. The hike starts on a road that is open to motorists for most of the year, but the stubborn spring ice left the road a frozen mess.
After about 100 slips and spills on the road I made it to the water/icefall of a trail. It’s a short hike to the summit via the Long Trail, less than three miles actually, but wow was I miserable in the rain/snow. With no views at the top and nothing unusual to report, this was not an ideal way to finish up my last trip to VT.
After a bit of rest and a bunch of beer I hit the road for NY for the final time. It was snowing and blustery and I had an unusually heavy heart. I paused only to snap a couple pics of Bernie’s campaign HQ and the Adirondacks from a ridge overlooking Lake Champlain.
Wow will I miss Vermont Beer! It wasn’t too long ago that I was tying to make the People’s Republic my new home. There’s a new plan and a new Republic on the horizon nowadays. Stay tuned…