On to bigger and taller hikes

Stratton Ski Resort

We left Revere and were ready to leave the big city and head back to the mountains. The city life is good, but with a skoolie, it’s no fun. Our destination today is to Stratton Mountain Resort. Now if you are from Colorado, you might not call these 3,500 feet high mountains, “Mountains”, but in Vermont and New Hampshire, they are called mountains. They have high speed quad chair lifts greens to black diamond runs and all the shopping. The lifts were not running today, not a problem, we wanted to walk anyway. Off we went.

We started hiking up the runs but it was a bit challenging because the guy mowing the runs had not reached our spot on the run yet. I think the lawn mower guy has job security with the number of runs and the size of that law mower. After a few straight up hikes, we decided to take the road that does switchbacks the rest of the way up. It took about 2 hours to hike up to the top, 3500 feet. Don’t get me wrong we did not hike the entire 3,500 feet, for we started at about 1500 feet.

At the top the views were well worth the trip.

We started hiking down, but the guy in the ATV that we met on the way up, he runs ATV tours on the mountain, stopped us and said we had to go and visit the tower. It’s just a 3/4 mile trail near the top, so back up we went to see the tower. The detour was worth the effort. In fact the Appalachian Trail is at the tour. We met another couple there and a guy who had been hiking for a few weeks and had a few more to go.

On the road, heading east and south

Some nights we sleep at Walmart, other nights RV Parks, parking lots are not out of the question, we have been known to sleep at city parks, but tonight we are staying at a remote campsite in Green Mountain National Forest, Woodford, Vermont. I am not sure even Google can find us here. I think they call this dispersed camping. The next camp site, if you can call it that is 1/4 of a mile up the dirt road. Although there are signs someone was here recently, the camp fire ring is still smoldering. A forest fire is of no worry, for it is constantly damp back here in the forest.

We did a have a couple cars drive by, but they just turned their head and starred as they kept on going. I am not totally upset that there were no other guests, for there are stories of bears living in these here woods.

It was a grill night, I think we had more chicken to cook. This grill here is a royal piece of you know what. There are so many vent holes in it that it won’t keep the heat in to get it hot. You can see the tin foil I used to plug the holes in hopes of keeping the heat in. We did not have grilled chicken tonight, instead it was more boiled, or slow cooked. Not the desired effect from a grill.

The night was uneventful, thankfully, that is what we hope for every night. You can see the quality screen work that Marina did to keep the bugs out.

Tomorrow we are headed to we want to do a hike in Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont