Today, we are back at Marie's house, where I will get to spend just three more days with her. I'd rather it be about three more weeks, or months, or years. I hope each one of you has at least one friend who is as close as the two of us are.
We were playing our favorite word game, and Marie was dealt this hand! I am not making this up.
Two big completions in the past couple of weeks. First, I finished the Finger Lakes Trail, making me officially End-to-Ender #370. All I have to do is send in my record form and I'll receive that patch.
Then we drove over to Vermont and hiked the 65 additional miles that are being added to the North Country Trail so that it will connect with the Appalachian Trail. Luke (Strider) Jordan hiked this piece last year, but Marie and I are numbers 2 & 3 to do so.
I can't get organized quite enough yet to start taking you through the days of the hikes, but here are some more feel-good teasers. When we were last at Crown Point, in 1996, the old bridge, built in 1929, was the link to Vermont.
Now, there is a new bridge, opened just last year, and you can see it here in the same perspective. This is where we began the Vermont piece. Technically, I guess we were still in New York until we were halfway across the bridge! It has pedestrian walkways, and is a beautiful crossing of Lake Champlain. Lots of history there. More on that another day.
Any day is a good day that we are hiking together. Total miles this trip- about 112. I have to add up the corrected mileages, but this isn't off by much.
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