Notes from Stowe, Part 2
Thursday, July 30, 2009
The last few days have been very pleasant, in spite of some rain. Tuesday we drove up to Smugglers' Notch and hiked. We selected a hike classified as "moderate" according to local tourist information, and ending up hiking two and a half miles. That doesn't sound like much, until you realize that trail was steep and rocky, and you end up climbing over 800 feet (yep, I had my Garmin with me), and then descending again. At the end of the trail is Sterling Pond. Beautiful? You be the judge.
There were lots of children to be seen along the trail. I was amazed at their agility and speed as they jumped from rock to rock (climbing as well as descending), my children included. I'm not sure if I ever had the ability to do that, and if so, when I lost it. I sprained one of my ankles fairly regularly as a child, and between that and the weight gain over the years, I'm just not that confident in my ability to balance. Going up was easier for me than going down. I never felt as if I had to stop to catch my breath. A year ago, that would not have been possible. I had planned fairly well, and was wearing heavy duty hiking boots, which undoubtedly helped with comfort and safety. For the trip back down, I found a straight, sturdy branch to use as a hiking stick, and that was really helpful. It was a little bit like doing deep squats and balance exercises for over an hour. My leg muscles were quivering when I got back to the car, and my thighs are still aching from the workout. I think today I'll stick to walking.
The plan for today is for me and Cyrus to go to Mount Mansfield. He wants to ride the Alpine Slide, and I want to ride the ski-lift and take pictures. Tomorrow we leave for Boston, to begin the next stage of our vacation. I may have easier access to an Internet connection there.
Thank you all for your positive comments! Be well!