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Brenda checks in from the Appalachian Trail

October 15, 2011

Waterville Valley’s Brenda Conklin reported in from the Appalachian Trail….

NJ is done. With a day pack I covered 20 miles a day, and using max. daylight, I witnessed beautiful sunrises and sunsets in gorgeous weather. Points of interest in NJ were: High Point Obelisk Monument, 2 fire towers, Sunrise Mtn Pavillion, brightly illuminated foliage on the shore of Sunfish Pond, lots of side trails and road crossings to relieve monotony, Delaware Water Gap falls, and walking across the I-80 highway bridge (yikes). It was easy going thanks to ridge walking, fields (with stiles), bog planks, highway walking, a wildlife refuge loop, old carriage roads, hiker suspension bridge, and thousands of feet of swamp boardwalks (at $30,000 AT’s most expensive project at the time). Leaves covering the trail are beginning to be a problem. I got turned around once and ended up in reverse. Nothing to do but sit on a rock and eat a sandwich for mood adjustment! I still have cow pasture on my boots (see picture). The turtle was a big surprise way up on a dry ridge. My mantra near day’s end was “Lift your lead feet.” Fall is my favorite. ~ Brenda

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget.

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