Dis­tance Dream­ing


Long Trail Green Moun­tain Na­tional For­est, Ver­mont

It’s easy to feel like an out­sider when you’re a week­end hiker shar­ing a shel­ter with four Long Trail and Ap­palachian Trail vets. That’s the way I started the even­ing. But now, sit­ting in the fi re tower on top of 3,748-foot Glas­ten­bury Moun­tain, I start to feel like an in­sider. The or­ange-pink light of sun­set washes over Strat­ton Moun­tain, where in 1909 James P. Taylor con­ceived the fi rst long- dis­tance trail in Amer­ica. I’m just hik­ing a tiny piece of his his­toric route—a quiet ridge draped in New Eng­land hard­woods—and al­ready I know, deep down, that there’s only one thing to do: keep walk­ing.

Get this view of the Greens from the fire tower on Strat­ton Moun­tain.

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