It was a beautiful day for the trip (Sunny with a high of about 82 degrees). As one participant said it was “The perfect ending to a perfect weekend”. The hike up went quickly as the dynamics of the group allowed for great conversation. About half of the group had hiked this trail before and shared their knowledge with the other half on this trail for the first time. Many were commenting on just how beautiful and lush the trail looked, though some of the tree roots were a little slippery. The dogs never cease to amaze as they scurried up the tougher climb at the top as though they were just walking through grassy rolling hills.

At the top we enjoyed our conversation, our views, and our lunches. Though a faulty sandwich bag allowed for a scrumptious peanut butter sandwich to seductively fall to the rock catching the instincts of one dog who seized the opportunity.

The hike down always offers a different perspective than the hike up. The ladders looked steeper, the rocks a little more slippery, and the trail can sometimes be hard to find…but a little venture off the trail and Taylor found the pothole that he had heard about.

Back at the car we enjoyed fresh baked chocolate chip cookies, said our goodbyes and were all glad to have met new friends and offered some new faces to the Green Mountain Club.

Participants: Andy and Carlene Squires and Callahan (dog, Golden Retriever), Melissa Kretmar, Marnie Rivett and Mosely (dog, Yellow Lab), Carmen Trombley, Jennifer Jany, John Kellner, Jeanne Kellner, Taylor Christie, Walker Christie, and Trigger (dog, Vizsla)

Trip Leader: Kelley Mackison

Carmen, Melissa, Marnie