All done my exams! Only 2 more days until a whole WEEK off for thanksgiving break.
Vermont is covered in mountains, and I absolutely love them.
In the spring/summer/fall, I love hiking. Vermont has the Long Trail – which is a 272 mile trail that runs the length of VT. Over the summer, I backpacked 15 miles of it over 2 days with my boyfriend.
We started at Lincoln Gap – which is at the bottom of Sugarbush if anyone has skied/snowboarded there.
We hiked up Lincoln Mountain and Mt. Ellen – the two Sugarbush mountains and found some ski lifts!
Just chilling on a ski lift…no big deal.
Then we continued onto Mad River Glen, which will be the only time we can ever go there. Snowboarders are not allowed at Mad River Glen because they claim we crazy boarders ruin their perfect, natural snow cover. How rude!
Right before Mad River Glen, we came around a corner and the woods trail we were on opened up to a ski trail and MOOSE!
We were SO close, they were literally 20 feet in front of us at first. We backed up into the woods and were shocked. There were 2 baby moose (but baby moose are still BIG) and then a HUGE mother moose came out of the woods. We hung out on the side, took a few pictures, and ate a snack while we waited for them to clear the trail.
After 20 minutes or so, they all headed back into the woods, so we grabbed our packs and were getting ready to move fast along the trail. As soon as we got our packs on, the mama moose came back out and started walking in our direction. I was terrified that we were going to be chased by the protective mother. I dropped my bag and started running on the trail away from the moose, and my boyfriend followed me.
While we were running, my boyfriend asks me, “how quick do you think you can climb a tree?” “WHAT?!!” The moose didn’t chase us – thank God because I have no fast tree climbing abilities and I don’t know if that would have helped. We waited for another 20 minutes listening to every single sound in the woods and my heart was pumping so fast out of fear of a potential moose attack.
After another 15 or so minutes, we decided it was safe – I was freaking out the whole time and my boyfriend was calm as a cucumber and making silly jokes to freak me out more. We booked it past the spot and found the Mad River Glen hut at the top, where we hung out for a few minutes. We continued hiking and past a tent – where my boyfriend warned me a crazy, mountain man lived – another funny joke to freak me out! We finally found a place to stay for the night and set up a tent, cooked dinner on a fire we made, then watched the sunset. My boyfriend also carved a stick for me awww.
We woke in the morning, ate breakfast, and continued our hiking trip until we reached a road crossing where we stopped. Backpacking is HARD – I looked it up and it burns around 500-700 cals/hour, so we brought tons of food, snacks, energy and protein bars to fuel up on. However, I think we could have eaten more and eaten more snacks during the day to counteract the major calorie burn. I don’t understand how people can hike the whole Long Trail in 3-5 weeks or so without any breaks – they are hardcore!
Overall, this was a great experience – I loved bonding in the woods, joking, and just having fun together without any outside contact – no phone, internet, TV, etc. Just us two! It was a lot of fun, and it was so cool to be completely in the woods surrounded by nature for two whole days. I would definitely do it again next summer.
Now, I have the SNOW covered mountains to look forward to in a few weeks – I can’t wait to be snowboarding soon (and building snowmen and sledding on the hill behind my house over Christmas break of course).