This hike up Belvidere via the LT originally was scheduled for Saturday, July 15. However, since the weather report was for scattered thunderstorms that day, the leader moved the hike to Sunday, July 16. Sunday turned out to be a lovely day, but the trail to the top of Belvidere was very wet and muddy from all the rain we’d been having.
Almost everyone in the group ended up slipping on the wet rocks and falling, with the trip leader falling into a mud hole and getting covered with mud. (That fall was documented with a photo by David Hathaway.) In spite of our spills, we all had a fun time. On the summit we enjoyed a leisurely lunch and then climbed up to the top of the fire tower, where there were great views. On the way down, we checked out some of the mushrooms growing in the wet ground. On the way home, we stopped in Jeffersonville for ice cream. All in all, a good day! Participants: Sheri Larsen (leader), Rich Larsen, David Hathaway, Phil Hazen and Scott Springer.