Sunday I drove 7.5 hours to route nine near Bennington, VT to begin my trek of the AT.
I got onto the trail at 5:30 PM and headed south which included a steep climb for half a mile. About twenty minutes into the climb with my pack I thought WHAT am I doing?
This always happens at the beginning of the hike….I question WHAT am I doing and WHY am I out here. Driving long distance to then jump out of the car and hike four hours is difficult but no pain no gain! I saw an owl fly across my path and though I was startled it was neat. So after hiking 4.3 miles I easily found the shelter.
I hiked until 9:00 PM getting into Congdon Shelter after sunset. I heard no one in the shelter area so I hiked to the prvy and then found a place to set up my tent. As I set up my tent I saw a light behind me and thought what is that? It was an amazing moon rise. It was shining on my tent area. Though amazing from the outside I thought while bedding down for the night if a large “bear” shaped shadow crosses by the tent it might be so nifty.
And that was the first of six days on the trail.