Although we did a lot of walking in NYC and Boston, we haven’t done much since then. A hike was definitely in order.
When we were planning this trip, part of our inspiration for the New England part of the trip came from our love of the Bill Bryson book “A Walk in the Woods.” If you aren’t familiar with it, Bill and a friend decide to walk (part of) the Appalachian Trail. It’s typical Bill Bryson exaggeration and hilarity.
The trail just happens to pass through the Green Mountains in Vermont, right near where we’re staying in Manchester. After a rather unhelpful (but friendly) discussion with the lady in the local Chamber of Commerce, we got some useful advice from the Ranger at the US Forestry Service.
So at around 11am we set out to do the Little Rock Pond/Green Mountain Loop.
The hike is a 6.5 mile loop, out to the lovely Little Rock Pond along a portion of the Appalachian trail, and then looping back on the other side of the mountains. It is classified as ‘moderate-difficult’ although the ranger seemed to think it was quite easy.
We’re not seasoned hikers, so we definitely found it to be at the more difficult end of the spectrum. To give you some perspective, here is a picture of one portion of the trail.
It was challenging, but definitely worth it – this is a beautiful part of the world.
More photos from Vermont.