It has been a beautiful summer. I spent many hours enjoying the people and places I love.
This summer I also hiked. I hiked a lot. Sometime in July, I calculated I had hiked over 70 miles since school ended June 20. I decided I wanted to try to hike 100 miles before school began again.
The mountains in Vermont are glorious. The views and vistas magnificent. No two mountains are alike. The trails vary in length and difficulty. The views partial or a full 360 degrees.
To me, it doesn’t matter. The journey up the mountain is just as special and wondrous as the summit.
School began August 20. On August 19, I hiked up Sunset Ledge and watched the sun set. As I sat and gazed out I realized I had reached and surpassed my goal of 100 miles.
This summer I hiked 101.5 miles.
As I climbed down in the dark, I smiled. Maybe next summer I’ll try for 200 miles.