s the announcer at The Vermont City Marathon said : “We’ve got a bluebird day here!” That’s just what all 16 of us humans and 3 dogs enjoyed as we hiked up the Hedgehog Brook Trail to join with the Long Trail after 2.0 miles.

The trail was in great shape as very little rain had fallen. (Oops, it’s teeming out right now on Saturday AM as this is written, so fortunately we hit it just right.) Many trilliums and even at least 1 Jack in the Pulpit were spotted along the trail. As we topped out above treeline, the expansive views in all directions began treating us to: “Wow, look at that peak”, and “Hey, I can see Killington and Pico”, and not to be outdone, “Check out Mt. Washington and the famous Franconia Ridge” and “There’s Whiteface in the Dacks”!!!!! That’s what is so neat about this hike…….in 2.5 hours, you can literally see the length of Vt. and all from a peak with modest elevation of 3,168′ (966m). After lunch on top, and a little r & r, we headed back down.

Everyone, especially the dogs seemed to be enjoying themselves. Nope, we didn’t see a hedgehog and the dog owners were glad of that. All present and accounted for at trail’s end! Thanks to everyone for your enthusiasm and interest in the Green Mountain Club.

Participants: Carmen Trombley, Joanne Mellin,,Kelley Mackison (and loyal dog “Trigger), Mary Keenan, Lou Ann Nielsen, Wendy Savoie ( + “Sherpa” Maggie and Travis), Lee Ann Lee, Sheri Larsen, Rich Larsen, Russ Kinaman, Al Baker, Ed Blackwell, Tom Ruffle, Phil Howard, Peter Cottrell, Pete Saile (trip leader)